US sailor injured on board ship during HK visit

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 February, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 5.27pm:
A sailor with the United States Navy?s seventh fleet ? which is on a short visit to Hong Kong ? has been injured in a fall on the warship, local media reported on Monday.

The sailor received head injuries after plunging three-metres down on to the ship?s deck about 1am on Monday. At the time he was working from a height, the Ming Pao Daily newspaper reported. Further details on his accident were not available.

The US warship arrived in Hong Kong at the weekend for a four-day visit, docking at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The sailor was unconscious when ambulancemen arrived. He was then rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the newspaper said.

The report did not identify the sailor or give details about his condition.

Part of the US Pacific Fleet, the seventh fleet is based in Yokosuka, Japan. It has units positioned near the Korean Peninsula and the Japan Sea.

It is the largest of the forward-deployed US fleets, with 50 to 60 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 sailors and marines.

Although Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, US warships face less bureaucracy when they dock in Hong Kong compared with the mainland.