Date
25 July 2017
Police sergeant Ngan looks at Fong after saving him from drowning. Photos: Wikipedia, Ming Pao
Police sergeant Ngan looks at Fong after saving him from drowning. Photos: Wikipedia, Ming Pao

There’s always a first time: Police sergeant saves drowning man

It was his job. He had been trained to do it.

So when he received a call for help, a police sergeant, surnamed Ngan, could say it was just part of the day’s work.

It was not. It was his first time to do it since he joined the police force 26 years ago — to jump into the sea to save a person’s life.

Around 5 a.m. on Sunday, a 66-year-old man, who was doing calisthenics at the Kwun Tong Promenade, heard a male voice shouting for help from the sea, Apple Daily reported on Monday. He called the police.

Ngan, who was on duty at the emergency unit of Kowloon East Regional Headquarters, received the report and rushed to the scene.

While on his way, he instructed the caller through his mobile phone to throw a lifebuoy at the drowning man.

But the man, Fong, 22, was unable to grab the buoy as he could not swim.

Upon arriving at the pier, Ng immediately unloaded his equipment and dived into the water to put the buoy on Fong.

He then took the victim to a responding marine police vessel.

Fong, who remained conscious, was allegedly drunk and fell into the sea by accident.

Ngan said he had never done such a thing before, but he was happy to have been able to save a life.

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