Canto-pop veteran Shirley Kwan rescued in waters off Discovery Bay
Singer said to be unhappy with work taken uninjured to hospital in stable condition
Local Canto-pop veteran Shirley Kwan Suk-yee was hospitalised after being rescued by fire and police officers from the waters off Discovery Bay before dawn Tuesday.
Police said Kwan, 50, was uninjured and conscious when taken to North Lantau Hospital, where she was in stable condition.
The case was first classified as that of a “person fallen into sea”, but police later treated it as one of a “person in distress”.
The incident happened shortly before 5am Tuesday after the singer and a female friend were walking along seaside Siena Avenue after having dinner at the hotel Auberge Discovery Bay.
“Her friend reportedly told officers that Kwan was unhappy because of work and had walked down to the sea for a swim,” a police source said.
As the singer could not be persuaded to return to land, her friend sought help from a hotel employee who called police at 4.55am Tuesday.
“As she refused to come back to the shore, police and fire officers had to enter the sea and rescue her,” the source said.
He said Kwan failed to tell them why she had gone out to sea.
Wearing a tracksuit and facemask in hospital, the singer chuckled as she spoke with media, saying she “did not feel unwell while seeing your cameras”.
She also demanded the media give her private time before she prepared to leave the hospital.
Known for her cutting-edge image, Kwan held a concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum in April and performed at The Venetian Macao in July this year.