University-bound teenager drowns

Top News | Sophie Hui 11 Jul 2019

An 18-year-old student drowned a day before the release of his Diploma of Secondary Education examination results. He obtained 20 points and secured a conditional offer at a university.

Chan Ho-ting studied at Chinese YMCA Secondary School in Tin Shui Wai.

He died on Tuesday night after he went swimming with two friends at Welcome Beach on Lantau Island.

His mother and elder sister went to the school and took his report card yesterday, and saw Chan obtained good grades.

"Why didn't you [the teenager] wait for one more day for the good news?" Chan's mother asked.

The school's principal, Dennis Chan Kam-wai, said the boy studied at the school since Secondary One. He was a quiet person but he did quite well in his studies, especially in the languages.

He added Chan secured a place at university in an early enrollment scheme for top students before the DSE exams.

The boy was one of his form's top 10 and was a member of the school's English club.

The principal also said the student wanted to study in University of Hong Kong. He obtained 20 points in the DSE exam, with level 5 marks in both Chinese and English.

He said the school has activated its crisis management team and is counseling students in need. He said several students are preparing a photo album, which they will give to the boy's family.

At about 3pm on Tuesday, Chan went swimming with a schoolmate and a friend who returned to Hong Kong from overseas.

He was some 50 meters away from the shore when he shouted for help but was carried farther into the sea. His friends failed to locate him and sought help ashore.

Other swimmers found the youngster. He was sent to North Lantau Hospital, but was certified dead at 7.51pm.

Police found no suspicious circumstances surrounding the teenager's death.

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