A mainland tourist, who lost HK$120,000 gambling on board a casino ship on Wednesday night, attempted to escape from alleged “loan-sharks” by jumping into Victoria Harbour, Ming Pao reported on Thursday.
His escape plan was short-lived as he was quickly pulled from the water by a passing boat.
Passengers on board called police and he was escorted to a Marine Police station in Sai Wan Ho and then to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.
The incident happened while the ship was sailing in waters between Lei Yue Mun and Kwun Tong, near the Eastern Harbour Crossing tunnel.
The man, a 33-year-old Chinese national surnamed Lu, boarded the casino ship about 9pm on Wednesday night.
After a heavy night at the tables, the man had soon gambled away HK$120,000. According to the report, he then stripped to his underwear and jumped from his third-floor cabin window into the sea.
Personal documents and money were found on him, wrapped in plastic bags. He was wearing a life-jacket.
According to sources at the scene, the victim was gambling on borrowed money from loan-sharks.
Police said they do not suspect any foul play, but would continue investigating.
Casino ships, which side-step the city's strict gambling laws by sailing into international waters before opening their tables, have come under official scrutiny recently. Home Affairs officials want to change the law to stop such ships promoting their business while in Hong Kong waters.