Date
17 January 2017
Police found a bag (inset) containing two unopened bottles of beer, a box of juice and some food at the pier on Cheung Chau. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
Police found a bag (inset) containing two unopened bottles of beer, a box of juice and some food at the pier on Cheung Chau. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Drunk teacher from Britain drowns off Cheung Chau

A secondary school teacher from Britain was found dead in Cheung Chau after he fell, apparently drunk, into the sea from a pier, Apple Daily reported Monday.

James Christopher Philips, 41, was a contract English teacher at Buddhist Wai Yan Memorial College in Cheung Chau.

Philips was seen walking along a public pier at around 10 p.m. on Saturday.

He was holding a surfboard and appeared to be drunk as he wobbled on his way.

Police said an initial investigation showed Philips walked down the stairs at the pier and fell into the water under the influence of alcohol, Headline Daily reported.

A 36-year-old off-duty lifeguard heard people screaming for help and dived in to save the teacher, who was already unconscious.

Philips was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Police found a surfboard, two unopened bottles of beer, a box of juice and some food, believed to have been left behind by the dead man.

The school said it would relay the news to students Monday.

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