A drunk man sent rescue personnel on a merry chase after he fell into a nullah in Wong Tai Sin district Saturday night and kept wandering inside the drainage system.
The man, a 41-year-old surnamed Chung, refused to cooperate with rescuers and stay put in a place, giving anxious moments to the officers.
As he played hide-and-seek within the sewer system, personnel from the Fire Services Department (FSD) had to work through much of the night.
In the end, it took about six hours before Chung was pulled out by FSD divers, reports say.
According to Headline Daily, Chung fell into the Kai Tak Nullah in San Po Kong area around midnight and was struggling to get out from the watercourse.
Some passers-by overheard his cries and called police for assistance.
When police officers, firefighters and divers from FSD arrived at the scene, the officers found Chung in a confused state as he had obviously had one too many drinks.
He refused to follow the officers’ instructions and continued to wander inside the drainage system.
Acting in a bizarre manner, Chung shouted at the officers, telling them not to come and kill him.
He made his escape inside the drainage system by staying away and hiding from the officers, who initially followed and observed the drunk man from a distance.
At about 6 am, rescuers were finally able to confirm Chung’s location, who was at that time in a drain below 600 Prince Edward Road East.
The police blocked the section of the road and firefighters pulled him out of a drain exit.
According to authorities, Chung is a construction worker by profession and lives in Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kwun Tong.
He sustained minor bruises on arms and legs following the incident. He was taken to a hospital by paramedics.
According to Apple Daily, the Drainage Services Department assisted the rescue by providing the blueprint and information on the system to the rescue team.
The police have listed the case as “a drunk person found”.
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