Date
19 November 2017
The victim tried to hang out the towel on a laundry rack (inset, red arrow) outside the living room window. Drying racks have been installed originally outside the kitchen (blue arrow). Photos: RTHK, Ming Pao
The victim tried to hang out the towel on a laundry rack (inset, red arrow) outside the living room window. Drying racks have been installed originally outside the kitchen (blue arrow). Photos: RTHK, Ming Pao

Old woman falls to death while hanging out towel in Tin Shui Wai

An elderly woman plunged to her death after she lost her balance while hanging laundry outside the window of her flat in Tin Shui Wai on Sunday.

Police said the victim, surnamed Sze, who lived with her husband on the 18th floor of Shui Fung House in Tin Shui Estate, was cooking breakfast at around 3 a.m. on Sunday shortly before the accident happened, Ming Pao Daily reported.

She accidentally spilled milk tea on the table and wiped it with a towel, which she then washed.

While she was hanging the towel outside the window, she lost her balance and fell out of the building.

Police said she had told her son a few days ago that she had been feeling dizzy.

Traditional bamboo laundry poles had been installed outside the kitchen windows of flats at Tin Shui Estate, but many tenants prefer to hang their laundry outside the living room windows where they think their clothes will be spared of the grease and other dirt coming from the kitchens of upper-floor flats.

However, tenants say they have to lean half of their body out of the living room window in order to hang out clothes on the racks.

Kwok Keung, a member of the Yuen Long District Council, said Sze lived a quiet life with her husband, and had a 50-year-old son and a 20-year-old granddaughter, who used to visit them from time to time.

Neighbors said Sze had a happy disposition, always smiling and fond of chatting with friends.

Similar accidents have happened in the past few years, including the case of an Indonesian maid who fell to her death together with her employer’s 18-month-old baby boy while she was collecting dry clothes outside the window of a flat in Yau Tong in 2013.

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