A 78-year-old man who swam all the way from Clearwater Bay in Sai Kung to an area near a landfill site in Tseung Kwan O on Monday has said that it was really no big deal.
The elderly man, who bears the surname Fu, swam over a dozen kilometers after going missing on the morning of July 4.
The man, who suffers from dementia, went for a swim at the Clear Water Bay Second Beach and apparently got lost at sea.
Following an alert from his family, authorities launched a search operation.
He was eventually found at around 9 pm the same day, calling for help from inside an open nullah near a landfill site at Tseung Kwan O.
Hearing his cries, a worker at the site informed the authorities and Fu was pulled out, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Following the rescue, which took place about 10 hours after Fu went missing, firefighters found the elderly man with just a few minor scratches.
An avid swimmer, Fu revealed that he had been a physical education subject teacher when he was young, and that he often swam to and fro between Xiamen and Kinmen, a group of islands governed by Taiwan.
He also claimed that he almost swam to Hong Kong from mainland China as an immigrant.
But when asked about his Monday swimming session, Fu was unable to recollect the details of what exactly happened.
However, he said that he was swimming from early in the morning until late in the evening.
Apple Daily estimated that Fu, who claimed that he learnt to swim at the age of three, must have swum 14 kilometers on Monday.
According to Dr. Lobo Louie from the Department of Physical Education at the Hong Kong Baptist University, given the right currents, it is not impossible that Fu could have traversed such a long distance, especially as he is a good swimmer.
Louie noted that there had been many cases in the past where refugees swam continuously for six or seven hours to sneak into Hong Kong.
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