Police rookie laid low by fitness test

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 February, 1998, 12:00am

A woman police recruit collapsed after completing a two-hour fitness test yesterday, days after an officer dropped dead following training.

Wong Wai-han, 20, who is four weeks from the end of her 27-week course at the Police Training School in Wong Chuk Hang, regained consciousness before an ambulance arrived.

'She told the other recruits that she was feeling unwell about 20 minutes after she finished the test. Then she collapsed,' a police spokesman said.

The test includes squat-thrusts, press-ups, sit-ups, standing jumps, shuttle runs, chin-ups and a 2.4-kilometre run.

Ms Wong was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital for observation and was in a stable condition last night.

The spokesman said there would be an investigation.

But she added all physical training was supervised by qualified instructors.

'No one claimed to be feeling unwell before the incident took place,' she said.

Superintendent Wong Wing-kei collapsed and died during Police Tactical Unit training in Fanling on Saturday.

Initial autopsy results suggest Wong, 39, died of a heart attack, although he did not have a history of heart disease.

The tactical unit's training is now under review.

Wong's funeral will be held tomorrow at the Po Fuk Memorial Parlour, Sha Tin.

He will be buried at the civil servants' burial ground at Gallant Garden, Wo Hop Shek.