A 73-year-old man drowned while snorkeling off the coast of Tsuen Wan on Sunday, Apple Daily reports.
The victim, a retired shipyard worker surnamed Cheuk, started swimming at Approach Beach shortly after 11 a.m., according to his companions.
A former colleague and one of Cheuk ‘s swimming pals, surnamed Wong, said the victim swam in the public beach twice a month as a member of the South Mountain Swimming Association.
On Sunday, Cheuk used for the first time a diving mask with a breathing tube that he had bought not too long ago to practice snorkeling, Wong said.
Realizing that Cheuk had not returned to the shore after some time, his companions started looking for him, only to find him floating on the water unconscious.
Wong and other companions managed to pull him back to the shore, and a lifeguard from a nearby beach performed emergency treatment on him. They then called the police.
He was sent to Yan Chai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
One of Cheuk’s swimming pals said he heard the victim crying for help not long after he began swimming, while another companion suspected that Cheuk might have choked in the water that came into the tube because of the strong current.
Wong later returned to the water and recovered Cheuk’s diving mask and breathing tube.
Police took the diving gear for further investigation.
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