Date
17 October 2017
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority says it is trying to track the source of suspected illegal drugs investigators found at the venue. Photo: HKEJ
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority says it is trying to track the source of suspected illegal drugs investigators found at the venue. Photo: HKEJ

Police probe suspected drug taking after man dies at festival

Police are investigating possible drug taking at an electronic music festival on Saturday after a participant died.

Three other people collapsed apparently after taking illegal drugs. All four are in their twenties, Apple Daily reports.

A 27-year-old human resources consultant of a head hunter, surnamed Chow, was pronounced dead about an hour after he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

A 21-year-old woman, surnamed Tai, was found unconscious at 3.35 p.m., about three hours after the Road to Ultra festival began at the Nursery Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).

Two other men, surnamed Lo, 22, and Lai, 29, were found collapsed and admitted to hospital.

The four did not know each other, according to the police.

The three survivors remain in intensive care with some showing symptoms of heat stroke.

Doctors said they detected suspected illegal drugs in their system. A post-mortem will be conducted on Chow to determine the cause of death. 

The Yau Tsim District regional crime unit is in charge of the case.

Tai, who developed renal failure, could have suffered from rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle breaks down instantly, according to Dr. Ben Cheung Kin-leung, chairman of the Action Committee Against Narcotics under the Security Bureau.

Cheung said she might have taken drugs and done some strenuous activity like dancing and did not drink enough water.

It was the second year the annual one-day festival was hosted by Hong Kong. Tickets cost between HK$680 and HK$1,480.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the WKCD Authority said it regrets four members of the audience were sent to hospital due to heat stroke and expressed its condolences to Chow’s family, hk01.com reported.

It made no mention of drugs.

In response to criticism about lax security, the authority said the festival’s organizers had about 100 security guards. Also, it said free water refills were provided. 

It is said it is trying to track the source of suspected illegal drugs investigators found at the venue.

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