Fisherman dies after being struck by lightning off Sai Kung during storm

Man's wife was also on board three-metre-long wooden sampan; 377 lightning strikes recorded in New Territories East in one hour

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 3:43pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 August, 2014, 8:39am

A fisherman has died after being struck by lightning while working in a three-metre-long wooden sampan at Rocky Harbour off Sai Kung on Thursday morning.

His 53-year-old wife who was also on board the boat had a narrow escape, but witnessed the tragic incident at about 6.45am.

A thunderstorm warning was in force at the time, having been issued at 4.45am by the Observatory.

She immediately waved to alert a passing police patrol launch, officers said.

The 59-year-old man was unconscious as he was brought on board the police launch before being ferried to a Sai Kung marine police base.

He was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where he was declared dead at about 8.30am.

The man is believed to have been collecting fishing nets at the time of the incident, according to an initial investigation, and police have found nothing suspicious about the death.

Between 6am and 6.59am today, 377 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were detected in New Territories East, including Sai Kung, according to the observatory.

A thunderstorm warning was issued again at 12.50pm. It is expected to remain in force until 2pm.

“A trough of low pressure is bringing thundery showers to the coast of Guangdong,” the observatory said.

Showers and a more thunderstorms are expected in the next few days.