Constable collapses after test run for special duties

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am

A policeman fainted shortly after completing an endurance run on the first day of a three-day Airport Special Duties Unit selection process yesterday.

Another constable, Cheung Chi-ming, 24, twisted a leg.

Constable Ng Man-ho, 24, attached to Waterfront police station, collapsed after completing the course at the Police Training School in Wong Chuk Hang.

'Participants were given an hour to complete the run but the officer finished in 40 minutes. Afterwards, he vomited and felt dizzy,' his commander, Senior Superintendent Wong Ka-sing, said. 'He apparently pushed himself too hard.' Mr Ng was sent to Tang Shiu Kin Hospital and later moved to Ruttonjee Hospital where his condition was described as serious.

The other injured participant, Constable Cheung, might 'screen out' in the test because of his fall. The officer was treated in hospital and discharged.

Yesterday's fitness test - which included press-ups and shuttle runs - started at 8am with a break between each segment. About 40 officers took part in the tests after which a number will be selected to undergo the eight-week Airport Special Duties Unit training course.

In February, Superintendent Wong Wing-kei collapsed and died during a Police Tactical Unit training session in Fanling.

Initial autopsy results indicated a heart attack, but investigations into Wong's death were continuing, a police spokesman said yesterday. A report would be submitted to the Coroner's Court as soon as possible.