Date
22 September 2017
The divers were practising in Sai Kung on Sunday afternoon when they were struck by the propeller of a speedboat. Photo: Internet
The divers were practising in Sai Kung on Sunday afternoon when they were struck by the propeller of a speedboat. Photo: Internet

Two divers seriously injured by speedboat propeller

Two amateur divers were seriously injured after being hit by the propeller of a speedboat during a diving practice in Sai Kung on Sunday, Apple Daily reports.

Lai Chun-sin, 30, a Fire Services Department probationary station officer at the Lau Fau Shan Fire Station, was practising with Choi Wai-kin, 29, an officer from the Correctional Services Department’s Shek Pik Prison, and a female diver on Sunday afternoon near Tai Long Sai Wan.

A speedboat came straight in the trio’s direction. Lai was severely injured in the chest, abdomen, right thigh, and knee by the propeller while Choi was injured in the legs. The female diver escaped unscathed.

They were rescued by the Marine Police and brought to shore. Lai was taken to Pamela Youde Eastern Hospital by a government helicopter, followed by Choi.

The police have arrested a father and his son, both foreigners, who were on the speedboat when the incident took place. The father, a 53-year-old solicitor, was behind the wheels with his son by his side.

They could face four years in jail and a penalty of over HK$200,000 if convicted of endangering others’ lives.

Lai, who was formerly an inspector at Customs and Excise, is a licensed diver and an experienced tutor. Choi and the other diver are his students.

Both Lai and Choi were conscious when they were taken to hospital, the hk01.com reports.

Lai’s right leg was badly injured and his family members fear that an amputation might be required.

In 2012, the two captains involved in the Lamma Island ship tragedy that resulted in 39 deaths were jailed nine months and 18 months.

One of the captains, Lai Sai-ming, was also sentenced to eight years after being convicted on 39 manslaughter charges.

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