Man drowns in Sai Kung river after diving in to help friend

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 July, 2010, 12:00am

A 28-year-old social worker drowned in a Sai Kung river yesterday preparing for an adventure training programme he was organising for a group of children.

Tin Woon-hang, a registered social worker from the Sai Kung District Community Centre Jockey Club Integrated Services Centre, began struggling in the water after he jumped into a section of the river at Hau Tong Kai in Sai Kung West Country Park.

He entered the water to try to help a 24-year-old female friend who was with him, officers at the scene said.

Tin, who graduated with an associate degree in social science from City University, was an experienced adventure trainer with various qualifications.

Sources at the scene said the two tied a 20-metre-long rope to trees on either side of the waterway and were attempting to cross the river by climbing along the rope. The woman fell into the two-metre-deep water accidentally, and Tin jumped in to help her. The woman managed to reach the riverbank but Tin got into trouble and drowned.

The woman pulled Tin's unconscious body back to the riverbank and called for help.

A helicopter from the Government Flying Service took the 28-year-old to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, where he was declared dead at 3.35pm. Tin's family members rushed to the hospital after being told about the tragedy.

A GFS officer who took part in the rescue said the water in the river was not running particularly fast. The officer also said the terrain was not difficult so they did not take long to reach the man. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.