Date
23 March 2017
Ung Kong Wan in Sai Kung where a man drowned on Monday, adding to the recent tragedies involving people engaged in outdoor sporting activities. Photo: Baidu.com
Ung Kong Wan in Sai Kung where a man drowned on Monday, adding to the recent tragedies involving people engaged in outdoor sporting activities. Photo: Baidu.com

Man, 48, dies after going skin-diving off Sai Kung

A 48-year-old man died on Monday due to suspected drowning after he went skin-diving off the coast of Sai Kung along with a group.

According to the police, the victim, who bears the surname Cheng, enrolled in a group activity online and went sailing into the sea.

A total of 68 people took part in the group activity, sailing on two yachts.

After the yachts sailed to Ung Kong Wan and stopped there, Cheng and several others jumped into the waters at about 2 pm for skin-diving.

Skin-diving refers to the sport of swimming under water without a diving suit.

Moments later, Cheng was found floating on the water unconscious. His companions rushed him to a small boat and called the police.

He was then sent to a nearby marine police base before an ambulance transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Headline Daily reports.

Police found nothing suspicious after initial investigations, pending an autopsy to confirm the actual cause of death.

Cheng’s family, meanwhile, blamed the organizer of the group activity for insisting on sailing despite bad weather.

Cheng was said to be an experienced skin-diver, so the death is a bit baffling.

The Cheng case was not an isolated tragedy in Sai Kung in the past few days.

According to reports, two other people died from outdoor activities in the district since Sunday, while one person is missing,

Rescuers conducted searches by sea and air for a missing 23-year-old man late Sunday, but were unable to locate him, Apple Daily reported.

The man is said to have disappeared after swimming in Tai She Wan Sunday afternoon.

Earlier that day, a 56-year-old man surnamed Wong died after trying to save his companion who was swept away by huge waves at a rocky beach in Tai Au Mun.

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