Diver killed in shark attack

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 June, 1995, 12:00am

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A FORMER Hong Kong swimmer in the Asian Games found dead in the water off Sai Kung yesterday is thought to have been killed by the same shark that terrorised the area two years ago to the day. His right leg had been bitten off up to the waist.

Tso Kam-sun, 44, a physical education teacher at Kau Yan College in Tai Po, had failed to return home from diving on Tuesday night. His wife and some school colleagues found his car at 2 pm yesterday at a car park at Hang Hau, Siu Chung Lam, close to Silverstrand beach. His colleague and fellow diving enthusiast, Ho Hing-kam, found Tso's body, still in full diving gear, in three metres of water off the beach.

Fire Services divers retrieved the body at 5 pm. Tso was a member of the YMCA swimming team and a Hong Kong representative at the Asian Games in 1970, close friends said.

Shark experts said the same shark that killed two swimmers in Sai Kung two years ago might have returned. 'It is too much of a coincidence,' fisheries officer David Cook said. 'This is a real worry and it is fitting into a pattern. Anyone who goes into the water goes in at their own risk.'

Exactly two years ago to the day, hair salon owner Yan Sai-wah, 42, was killed while swimming off Sheung Sz Wan. A leg had been torn off. Barely two weeks later, Kwong Kong-hing, 61, ignored the shark warning and was killed in an early-morning attack at Silverstrand beach. His arm and leg were bitten off.

A woman reported missing a month earlier was also believed to have been taken by a shark. In 1991, a 65-year-old woman was killed by a shark at Silverstrand. Local divers yesterday reported seeing large schools of tuna near Double Bay, north of the Sai Kung attack site.

The presence of tuna indicates the spring migration of large ocean fish has begun. 'It could be a tiger shark moving north with the warm water and following the tuna schools,' Mr Cook said.

'If it is a great white pointer, it will be travelling south to the cooler waters of the southern hemisphere.' Tiger sharks grow to more than six metres and can weigh up to half a tonne. Shark researchers confirmed a shark would follow an annual migration pattern.

The territory has three beaches with shark nets - Clearwater Bay and Silverstrand in Sai Kung, and Kadoorie Beach, Tuen Mun.