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Marine safety

Doctor, 51, dies after falling into sea from yacht at Aberdeen

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 January, 2018, 4:19pm

A 51-year-old doctor was killed in a boating accident on Saturday night, just minutes before the typhoon signal No 3 was hoisted.

Police received a report at 11.21pm about a man who had fallen into the sea and gone missing during a yacht trip off Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen.

The man, who was identified as gastroenterology and haepatology specialist Dr Wayne Hu Hsing-cheng, was later found and retrieved from the water.

He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene. There were wounds on his chest and both his legs. A police spokeswoman said a 58 year-old sailor was arrested on suspicion of endangering safety at sea. He remained in police custody yesterday afternoon, she said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of Hu's death, the spokeswoman added.

Hu, a private senior doctor who belonged to the Society of Physicians of Hong Kong, specialised in treating gastrointestinal cancer.

He was believed to have gone on a weekend voyage with friends, at least one of whom was his clinic partner, Dr Kenneth Tsang Wah-tak, the brother of actress Margie Tsang Wah-sin.

Hu reportedly fell into the sea from the back of the 20-metre yacht in Aberdeen, off the Aberdeen Marina Club, when the vessel was about to anchor along the shore.

A video filmed by local media showed Tsang trying to perform first aid on Hu, who was pulled out of the water by police rescuers two hours after he went missing. Hu, who initially appeared seriously injured and unconscious, was later certified dead.

Tsang could not be reached for comment yesterday. The pair's clinic in Central declined to comment. A staff member from Adventist Hospital, where Hu also worked, said the hospital had no official announcement on the matter.