Date
25 September 2017
A policeman showed remarkable courage as he, along with a young doctor, jumped into the sea Sunday night at the Central piers to save a drowning man. Photo: Internet
A policeman showed remarkable courage as he, along with a young doctor, jumped into the sea Sunday night at the Central piers to save a drowning man. Photo: Internet

Doctor, cop hailed as heroes after saving man from the sea

Two men, one a doctor and the other a police officer, have been hailed as heroes after they jumped into the sea at the Central waterfront in Hong Kong to save a man from drowning.

In the wee hours on Sunday, a 25-year-old doctor named Alex Wong saw a man struggling in the waters about five meters from the shore outside Central Pier No. 4.

Passers-by told him that the police had been informed about the incident and that help could come at any moment.

But Wong, who graduated from the Medical School of the University of Hong Kong last year and currently works at the Prince of Wales Hospital, refused to just stand by and wait for the police to arrive.

Fearing that the assistance could be too late, he took off his shirt and shoes, grabbed a buoy and dived into the sea. He swam towards the man, pulled him up and kept the victim’s head above water.

According to Apple Daily, a police officer then arrived at the scene and decided to also jump into the water to help the two people in the sea. 

The officer, a 28-year-old named Alex Yim, swam to the two men and offered assistance, enabling Wong bring his target back to safety.

Once they reached the shore, Wong immediately performed resuscitation on the man, helping him regain consciousness. Authorities later took him to a hospital.

Sources told Apple Daily that the person is believed to be suffering from mental problems and may have jumped into the sea on his own.

There is suspicion that he may have forgotten to take his prescription medicine on time, which may have led to the accident.

Whatever maybe the case, Sunday’s incident has prompted an outpouring of praise for Wong and Yim, with people hailing the bravery of the two young men for jumping into the sea at night to save another man.   

According to hk01.com, this was not the first time that Yim has saved someone from the sea.

The officer, who has been with the police for eight years now, is said to have rescued two others in the past from drowning.

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