Hong Kong woman, 29, drowns while on honeymoon in Fiji

The Immigration Department is in touch with the Chinese embassy on the islands to assist the family in any way possible

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 May, 2017, 8:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 May, 2017, 10:27am

A 29-year-old Hong Kong woman drowned in Fiji on Thursday while on her honeymoon.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department confirmed the tragic accident. The authority said it had contacted the Chinese embassy on the islands and would assist the woman’s family.

A government source familiar with the matter said the woman, surnamed Chan, married last month and arrived in Fiji in late April for her honeymoon.

Chan drowned while swimming off a beach with her husband.

“The husband went ashore to fix the camera. After a short while, he found that his wife was floating [unconscious] in the waters,” the source said.

“The woman was certified dead shortly after she was rushed to hospital.”

A spokesman for the department said a family member of Chan called them for assistance.

Fiji comprises more than 330 islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

The region’s year-round tropical climate, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters make it a tourist haven for romantic getaways and scuba diving.

According to the Fiji government, annual visitor arrivals in 2016 climbed by 5 per cent year-on-year to 792,320, with about 6 per cent of tourists from China.