HK hero dies saving children

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am

A Hong Kong man died trying to save earthquake victims on the mainland. Truck driver Wong Fuk-wing (right), 46, was rescuing people at an orphanage in Yushu . He managed to save three children and a staff member. But when he returned to save others, there was an aftershock. He was seriously hurt, and he died an hour later.

It was not the first time Wong had helped those in need. In 2002, he took part in a charity walk from Hong Kong to Beijing and raised more than 200,000 yuan (HK$227,060) for Red Cross in China. Two years ago, he volunteered to deliver relief supplies after a much bigger earthquake hit Sichuan .

Background

A series of earthquakes hit the Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Qinghai province last Wednesday. More than 400 people, mostly students and teachers, were killed and 10,000 injured.