Emergency Services

Asylum seekers can't afford to fall ill in Hong Kong

For Habibur Rahman (in yellow) and his children, John (in black), and Mohamed Sultan (in white), falling ill here will leave them reeling from their medical bills. Photo: May Tse

Ailing asylum seekers and torture claimants still appealing against their unsuccessful applications to remain in the city say they are turning to hospital emergency services because they cannot get a waiver of their medical fees.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 5:05am

Ambulance system to be revised in bid to avoid delays

Hong Kong's Ombudsman said the present ambulance system causes delays in taking patients to hospital. Photo: David Wong

The Fire Services Department and the Hospital Authority have agreed to amend their ambulance system so that patients in urgent need of treatment are taken to the nearest hospital.

This follows criticism by the Ombudsman that the present system causes delays of up to 10 minutes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, November 10, 2012

Ex-permanent judge Kemal Bokhary. Photo: Felix Wong

Impartiality must be the legal standard

I read with misgivings the dubious claim of Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, former permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal, that his "liberalism" cost him an extended appointment despite his impeccable understanding of Hong Kong's legal relations with China ("Former judge: 'I was ousted for being too liberal'", November 5).

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 1 comment

Emergency services performed heroically during ferry disaster

Hong Kong's rescue services performed heroically. Photo: AP

Whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the horrible Lamma ferry disaster, one thing is already clear, Hong Kong's emergency services responded outstandingly to that dire and completely unexpected emergency.

21 Oct 2012 - 1:39am

Obama honours emergency services and armed forces on 9/11 anniversary

US President Barack Obama urged Americans to honour emergency service workers and men and women in uniform who keep the country safe as he marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"It's a chance to honour the courage of the first responders who risked their lives - on that day, and every day since," Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address.

10 Sep 2012 - 3:06am

Red flag

In 2003, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department made a move to outsource the life-saving service in two of its public swimming pools, but it was scuttled by a strike by the lifeguards. The department cut the life-saving workforce by 30per cent, from 2,300 to just 1,580, citing the recession.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Lifeguards to strike on Sunday's sports day

Lifeguards at Hong Kong's pools and beaches will go on strike on Sunday, to back their calls that a further 400 lifeguards be hired, their union announced yesterday.

Sunday is the city's official Sport For All Day, when free recreational and sports programmes are organised and most fee-charging sports facilities waive their charges.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Man feared drowned

A 59-year-old former University of Hong Kong lecturer is missing, feared drowned, after he ignored the red flags and big waves at Shek O Beach yesterday and went swimming. Rescuers were still searching for Chan Siu-chow last night.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Elderly swimmer dies at Deep Water Bay

A 73-year-old man drowned while swimming at Deep Water Bay yesterday. Friends of the man, surnamed Leung, realised he was missing at 8.40am, an hour after he entered the water. Firemen found the man on the beach. He was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital and declared dead at 9.25am. No lifeguards were stationed in the area where the man had been swimming.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Lifeguards save boy, 5, from drowning

A five-year-old boy was saved from drowning by lifeguards at Shek O Beach yesterday. The boy had run away from his mother, 30, and went into the water to play at about 2.50pm just as the red flag was being hoisted. When the mother realised he was missing, she dialled 999.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Swimmers ignore safety net a day after fatality

Swimmers still hit Clear Water Bay Second Beach yesterday and swam outside the shark protection net, despite a 66-year-old man being killed by a speedboat there the day before.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Lifeguards' sick calls close Sha Tin swimming centre

Six lifeguards at a public swimming pool centre in Sha Tin may face disciplinary action after failing to report for duty on Tuesday.

The three pools at the Sha Tin Jockey Club facility were closed for the morning session after the lifeguards reported sick.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Kevin sinclair's hong kong

Magically, it happens every summer. The temperature soars, the sun shines, the seas sparkle and people are eager to plunge into a pool. Then the lifeguards threaten to strike.

Want to go for a swim on Friday? Have a shower, instead, because the burly, sun-bronzed lifesavers may well opt to take the day off in protest.

24 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Strike will close three pools, eight beaches

More could be affected depending on how many lifeguards fail to turn up for work

At least three public swimming pools and eight beaches are likely to be closed today and many more may have limited services as at least 700 lifeguards strike. Seven pools will also be closed for cleaning.

1 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Bay watch

Local beaches have been getting bad press lately, with complaints about the water quality and talk of a lifeguard strike. But we decided to look on the bright side and asked SYP readers about their favourite beaches.

Clearwater Bay First and Second Beaches

31 Jul 2005 - 12:00am