A 38-year-old illegal immigrant from Bangladesh died after falling from a steep cliff in Kau Ling Chung on Lantau Island amid a downpour on Wednesday morning, Apple Daily reports.
The man was among a group of ten men of South Asian ethnicity who attempted to reach the shore after arriving in Hong Kong waters by a boat.
His companions – five Bangladeshis, three Pakistanis and one Afghanistan, aged 20 to 40 – were arrested by police.
Sources said the group were asylum seekers who first arrived in Guangzhou by air earlier this month, Sing Tao Daily reported.
They were subsequently taken to Shenzhen or Zhuhai, before being smuggled into Hong Kong by sea, the newspaper said.
The 10 migrants landed on a beach in Kau Ling Chung on Tuesday night, but snakeheads, or those who smuggled them, left them with no food and other provisions.
While climbing a steep cliff, the 38-year-old Bangladeshi stumbled and fell. He sustained injuries to his forehead and nose.
The migrants had to endure the night with nothing to eat and no shelter, and it started pouring at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
Drenched and starving, they decided to walk and look for a way to go downtown at around 9 a.m. It was around that time when the Bangladeshi passed out.
Police received a call for help at 9:16 a.m., when the red rainstorm warning had been hoisted. A group of hikers had apparently lost their way and at least one of them was injured.
It took police officers and firemen over an hour to locate the group.
The injured Bangladeshi was taken to the Shek Pik Pier by a police boat, before he could be rushed to North Lantau Hospital by an ambulance. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The nine other migrants, all soaking wet, were taken to the Mui Wo Pier and then to a police station for investigation.
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