A 25-year-old man drowned while surfing at a beach on Hong Kong Island on Wednesday afternoon, when a tropical storm warning was in effect.
Police said after an initial investigation they found nothing suspicious about the incident, although the cause of death remained to be confirmed by an autopsy.
According to Apple Daily, the man, who was an assistant engineer hired by the government under a non-civil service contract, took a half-day off on Wednesday and went surfing with his girlfriend and other friends at Big Wave Bay Beach near Shek O.
They arrived at the beach at about 3 p.m. while the Standby Signal No. 1 for Severe Tropical Storm Yutu remained in force. The storm warning was issued at 8:40 a.m.
His girlfriend started getting worried after he failed to return to the shore about an hour after he began to surf. She then asked the lifeguard to help search for him and also called the police.
The man was later found being carried by the waves and unconscious. He was taken back to the shore and sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:14 p.m.
Deeply saddened, the man’s father said he would have stopped his son had he known of his plan to go surfing beforehand.
A cousin said the deceased, who had experience in surfing, had planned to go surfing with friends on that day even before the storm warning was raised.
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