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Mainland Chinese tourist plunges 11 metres to his death in Ocean Park accident

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 April, 2014, 6:46pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 April, 2014, 3:59am
 

A mainland tourist fell about 11 metres to his death after he apparently lost his balance while sitting on an Ocean Park railing yesterday.

Cao Tao, 50, arrived from Hubei province on Wednesday and was visiting the theme park in Aberdeen alone at the time the fall took place at about 10.30am, police said.

The 1.1-metre-high metal barrier he was sitting on goes around an open-air plaza known as The Summit, where chairs and tables are put out for visitors.

Cao had been spotted facing the resting area, about 11 metres above an access pathway.

"A witness saw the man sit on the railing," a police source said. "Shortly after he turned around, he heard a loud noise, looked back and realised the victim had fallen down.

"It appeared he had lost his balance, fallen backwards and tumbled down."

Cao was unconscious when a first-aid crew from the theme park attended to him on-site.

The man was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was declared dead at 11.50am.

Police said an initial investigation found nothing suspicious and indicated it was an accident.

Last night, officers were trying to locate where he was staying in the city.

An Ocean Park spokeswoman said it was the only such accident at the theme park in recent years.

The Summit is about a three-minute walk from the cable car terminal on the hilltop.

"The area where the guest fell is protected by a 1.1-metre-high railing and there are warning signs telling visitors not to climb the railings," the spokeswoman said.

She said Ocean Park would assess whether it was necessary to introduce new measures to prevent a repeat of such an accident.

The theme park attracted about 7.7 million visitors between July 1, 2012, and June 30 last year.

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sudo rm -f cy
No system can be 100% idiot-proof. It's not Ocean Park's fault the man ignored the warnings.
OC2S
Nicholas - it's an accident and the poor guy has died / presume he has friends and family who are upset / really not the time for mainlander "bashing" ...
Ben
'Pervert mainlander'? On the offensive side Nicolas
nicolas
it's look like a pervert mainlander ignore or simply can't read what the sign said...mainlanders always ignore this whenever they go...hand rail are simply to protect people from going over it and not to be used as a sitting place...this shows that mainlanders are truly very annoying and nuisance to the Hong Kong society...rest in peace
paddyjr@gmail.com
Unfortunately HK society and the local educational system has breed this type of vitriol and narrow-mindedness.
rings.liao9039@gmail.com
god bless your poor english......RIP
digitalrealty
You don't understand how stupid your comments sound....we are all human beings...how could you sleep tight at night when you make such cold hearted comment to someone just lost his life....hope you will never accidentally make any fatal mistake!!!!!idiot
allan94
nicholas, i really hope that u r hk white trash. bec if u r chinese, being ching ming this week, your ancestors are probably spinning in their graves..
whymak
Nicolas,
Your hate-China pathos and poor usage of the English language suggest you might well be a Scholarism brat.
I know you won't be embarrassed by my comment here because like most democratic airheads, you have no shame.
mercedes2233
How old are you, nicolas?

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