Retired lifeguard drowns in Siu Sai Wan

Local | 26 Jul 2021 4:13 pm

A 68-year-old retired lifeguard surnamed Kei drowned today morning when swimming near Island Resort in Siu Sai Wan.

Police were on the scene after receiving the report from his wife today at 7:30am, saying her husband drowned in the sea at 28 Siu Sai Wan road, about 30 meters off Island Resort. 

Kei was first rescued by a swimmer. The swimmer then told his wife, who reported to the police immediately. 

After the police arrived, Kei received emergency treatment on shore but he was already unconscious.

He was then sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital where he was certified dead. 

Upon initial investigation, police believe he drowned while swimming and the cause of his death is not suspicious. 

The ex-lifeguard nicknamed “Napoleon” worked in Chai Wan Swimming pool before his retirement and had excellent swimming skills, said a swimmer surnamed Ng. 

Ng said the ex-lifeguard had been swimming in Siu Sai Wan everyday since he retired a few years ago. 

“He would usually start swimming after doing some warm-up exercises in the park at 6am, it only took 20 minutes for him to swim one round as he would return after he swam to the isolated island,” said Ng.

“His swimming skills are better than us,” said Ng. 

Ng believes his death was caused by a heart attack because the ex-lifeguard was so good at swimming and the waves were not big at that time.

Source said Kei, who suffered from high cholesterol, has to take medicine and do follow-up medical consultation in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital regularly.



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