Father drowns, four struck by lightning during storm

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 August, 2006, 12:00am

A father drowned in a mountain creek while hiking with his wife and son in the Tsuen Wan countryside as storms swept through the city yesterday afternoon.

Also during the thunderstorm, four men survived being struck by lightning while working outside an aeroplane maintenance depot.

The fatal accident took place at 2pm as the family of three were hiking along the Tai Shing stream in Shing Mun Country Park, rural Tsuen Wan. They were walking uphill to seek shelter as rain turned heavy, according to police.

The father, 42, tripped over a rock and fell into the water. He was quickly dragged under. His wife searched the area in vain. Unable to get a mobile phone signal, she asked her 11-year-old son to walk downhill to seek help.

Rescuers found the man had fallen into a pool and his feet had become trapped between rocks.

At 2.25pm in Chek Lap Kok airport, four maintenance workers of the Hongkong Aircraft Engineering Company were struck by lightning while working at the South Perimeter Road depot. The four were working under the wing of an aeroplane when they were hit. They were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital where three were in a stable condition, while one was treated and discharged.

The Observatory recorded 2,400 flashes of lightning between 1pm and 3pm. Isolated thunderstorms are expected today.