Beachgoer stabbed by fly-away umbrella

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 June, 1999, 12:00am

A sunbather was stabbed in the chest by a beach umbrella picked up by a gust of wind at Clear Water Bay yesterday.

Bus driver Kwok Ting-hon, 57, was in intensive care in hospital last night with a 5cm wound.

He had been enjoying the dragon boat holiday with his family at the bay's Second Beach when the accident happened at around 2.30pm.

A sudden wind drove a piece of the umbrella's frame into Mr Kwok's chest, piercing his lung, before the umbrella was blown away again. His family was in the sea at the time.

An ambulance was called at 2.38pm but did not arrive until 3.07pm because of heavy traffic. A fire services officer on a motorbike arrived at 3.05pm and gave first aid.

Mr Kwok was in critical condition in Grantham Hospital last night.

The Observatory said the wind could have been caused by a thunderstorm that moved from Stanley to Sai Kung at about 2.30pm. At least 80 per cent of the umbrellas on the crowded beach were toppled, causing chaos.

A Regional Services Department spokesman said it would investigate.