A 42-year-old Hong Kong man was found dead on Monday morning after he went missing at sea during a triathlon in Malaysia the previous day.
Jeffrey Yuen Chi-yuen, a member of a triathlon club in Hong Kong who was active in joining local and overseas competitions, arrived in Malaysia with his wife and two sons to take part in the two-day Port Dickson International Triathlon that began on Saturday, Apple Daily reports.
About 2,300 athletes from 39 countries participated in the event. His two sons competed in the non-adult group.
The competition for adults required participants to swim for 1.5 kilometers, bike for 40 kilometers and run for 10 kilometers.
In the swimming stage, Yuen and other participants jumped into the water at 7:10 a.m. A participant later said the waves were very huge, forming what appeared to be a giant water wall.
Yuen’s wife started to get worried because she had not seen her husband return to the beach, which is about 90 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur. She asked organizers for help sometime after 9 a.m.
Yuen failed to compete in the next stage of the competition as his bike never left the starting point, public broadcaster RTHK reported.
A rescue team was then sent out to the sea to look for Yuen, who was still nowhere to be found as of late Sunday night.
As of Monday morning, Malaysian media reported that Yuen’s body had been found.
Hong Kong’s Immigration Department said it has been following up on the case and offering help to the family.
Meanwhile, a 39-year-old Malaysian man of Chinese descent also drowned while competing in the same event.
Rescuers tried to resuscitate him but failed. They then sent him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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