Date
23 May 2017
Ham Tin Wan is one of Hong Kong's best beaches and also one of the most dangerous because of its stroing undercurrents and ttreacherous waves. Photo: Wikipedia
Ham Tin Wan is one of Hong Kong's best beaches and also one of the most dangerous because of its stroing undercurrents and ttreacherous waves. Photo: Wikipedia

Polish exchange student, 21, drowns off Sai Kung

A young Polish exchange student drowned off Sai Kung on Sunday, just weeks after arriving in Hong Kong.

The 21-year-old woman never regained consciousness after she was plucked from the water, Apple Daily reports.

She was brought by helicopter to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital where she was certified dead hours later.

The woman, identified by investigators only as Puczka, was with a group of about three dozen people who went camping in Ham Tin Wan beach on Saturday afternoon.   

She had come to Hong Kong from Warsaw and worked as a student trainee at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) under an exchange program.

Sources said Puczka did not drink alcohol before the drowning. Investigations are continuing.

PolyU said it is trying to contact the woman’s family and promised all necessary help.

Ham Tin Wan, one of Hong Kong’s best beaches, is also one of the most dangerous because of its strong undercurrents and treacherous waves.

Also, life guard service is not available there.

Alex Kwok, a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards’ Union, said people should swim only when life guards are on duty.

They should not swim if they have consumed alcohol and swimmers, especially young people, should not overestimate themselves or underestimate sea conditions, he said.

In June 2013, a 29-year-old man was washed away by huge waves in Ham Tin Wan. His body was found three hours later.

Kwok said night swimming is extremely dangerous and poor visibility makes rescue difficult.

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