In what is believed to be the first accident in Hong Kong related to Pokemon GO, an 18-year-old man fell into Lam Tsuen River as he was reportedly playing the wildly popular augmented reality mobile game.
Passersby said they saw the teenager, surnamed Yiu, walking with the screen of his handset displaying the game shortly before the accident on Sunday night, but he insisted he was not playing the game at the time, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Rescuers threw a rope at Yiu to help him get back to safety.
The teenager sustained scratches on his knees as a result of the fall, but refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment.
Elsewhere, nearly a thousand Pokemon players gathered at Tin Sau Road Park in Tin Shui Wai at around 10 p.m. on Sunday in the hope of catching the “Dragonite” monster, news website hk01.com reported.
The gamers were seen walking towards Tin Yip Road Park, but they later realized that they were heading in the wrong direction as the monster was actually at the Kingswood Ginza shopping center.
And so the disappointed crowd went back to Tin Sau Road Park.
About an hour later, another rare Pokemon called “Snorlax” suddenly appeared to the delight of the gamers.
On Saturday night, some 5,000 Pokemon GO players were seen gathering at Morse Park in Wong Tai Sin, Apple Daily reported.
In Mong Kok, police officers were placed on high alert after people gathered at Sai Yeung Choi Street and Nelson Street at around 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The crowd came in response to a call by a Facebook group rallying people to play Pokemon GO in Mong Kok as a means to find out how activists advocating Hong Kong independence will be treated.
However, it was seen that only two to three out of every 10 people gathered in the area were playing Pokemon GO, while police officers, about one in every five steps, stood by.
Video of Pokemon GO players at Morse Park in Wong Tai Sin:
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