Man dies after falling into waterfall in Hong Kong

Man dies after falling into waterfall in Hong Kong
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A man died after falling into a 15-meter waterfall while out jogging in Hong Kong last weekend.

The incident occurred in Pok Fu Lam's Waterfall Bay at around 6pm on Saturday (June 17) according to Hong Kong media reports.

Identified by his surname Chan, the 38-year-old had apparently lost his footing during a jog near the waterfall.

He had reportedly taken a shortcut by passing through Waterfall Bay on his way home to Wah Fu Estate but slipped on the pathway.

Earlier that morning, Hong Kong had issued a warning signal of heavy rainfall in the southern area of the city - which is where the tragedy occurred.

The man, who is married with a three-year-old son, was described by a witness to have held onto a branch for around 20 seconds with his lower body submerged in the water as he called out for help, Apple Daily reported.

An eyewitness heard his cries for help and called the police, according to Oriental Daily.

By the time paramedics arrived, the victim was found unconscious at the bottom of the waterfall, online news site HK01 reported.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Chan was said to have been his family's sole breadwinner, holding two jobs including one at the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market, said Coconuts Hong Kong.

Apple Daily also reported that his young child is "sick" and requires regular visits to the hospital.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

 

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