Man jumps to his death in Sai Wan

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 August, 2004, 12:00am

Updated at 6.40pm:
A 33-year-old man leapt to his death in Sai Wan on Sunday, despite a rescue cushion set up by police officers, local media reported on Monday.

Around 1pm, the man, surnamed Leung, climbed to the top floor of a building on 42 Western Street in Sai Wan, the Apple Daily reported.

He then stood on the top of a nearby building and attempted to jump.

Police and firemen began to erect a rescue cushion when they saw that the 33-year-old was agitated. However, Leung leapt off the top of the building just as firemen were moving the cushion near the building. He hit the ground about three metres from the cushion and was severely injured, the paper reported.

He was rushed to hospital and declared dead half an hour after arriving.

The paper reported that Leung was mentally ill and had recently been hospitalised. His family applied to take him home on Sunday.

He left the apartment while his family members were not home and jumped from the top of a nearby building.