Date
18 August 2018
Arthur Wong (inset, face encircled) succumbed to injuries after a road accident in Russia while participating in a bicycle rally to raise funds for underprivileged children in China. Photos: Sowers Action, Internet
Arthur Wong (inset, face encircled) succumbed to injuries after a road accident in Russia while participating in a bicycle rally to raise funds for underprivileged children in China. Photos: Sowers Action, Internet

Ocean Park exec dies after accident during Russia charity event

A senior executive of Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s popular marine-themed tourist attraction, has died after he met with a traffic accident during a charity bicycle rally in Russia last week.

Arthur Wong Chee-keung, project development director of the “Polar Adventure” section of Ocean Park, passed way after suffering severe injuries while he was participating in a cycling event to raise funds for underprivileged children in China.

According to a notice posted  last Saturday on the website of Sowers Action, a Hong Kong-based NGO and charitable organization, Wong left for Moscow on July 29 with a group to join a charity event that involved a bicycle trip to St. Petersburg. 

On August 2, while the group was on the road in their bicycles, Wong encountered a traffic accident at around 3 pm local time. The group gave no further information as to what exactly happened.

Following a spate of media inquiries, the NGO said in a subsequent notice on Monday that Wong’s family doesn’t want details of the accident to be shared, and that it is honoring the wish.

According to media reports, the accident happened when Wong was making adjustments to his bicycle during a stop and his fellow bikers were taking some rest. 

He was sent to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment but died in the early hours of the next day.

Sowers Action said it had contacted Wong’s family and sent several of its members to Moscow to take care of the after-death arrangements.

The NGO, expressing deep sorrow over the incident, paid tributes to Wong, saying he had always been untiring in his efforts to contribute to charities during his lifetime.

Expressing its condolences to Wong’s family and friends, Ocean Park said in its own statement that Wong had been a valuable part of the park’s management team, having worked for it for more than 10 years and highly respected by his colleagues.

The theme park promised to provide all necessary assistance to Wong’s family.

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