The families of two Hong Kong tourists who drowned in Hainan province last week have pledged to hold the hotel and travel agency accountable for the tragedy. A family member yesterday cited rescuers saying that one of the victims, Frankie Lo Chi-tak, 42, still had a pulse when he was pulled from the sea, and blamed the hotel for not providing adequate first aid support. Lo and George Chu Tin-chor, 36, both employees of the Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry, were overwhelmed by big waves on the second day of a company training camp that doubled as a holiday tour, organised by the Evergloss travel agency. They were wading in the water when overpowered by waves. The group stayed at Le Meridien Shimei Bay Beach Resort, on the province's eastern coast. Chu's body had been missing for 18 hours before it was found the next day. Ng So-ying, Lo's widow, said the tragedy seemed very sudden and that she had not expected her husband to visit such a dangerous beach. The hotel told the families that it would not admit responsibility since it 'did not own the beach'. 'All beaches on the mainland are owned by the government,' it said. Despite those claims, Ms Ng said the hotel's brochures promoted its 'hotel beach', while the travel agency had cited 'a six-kilometre private beach' as an attraction of the tour. There were two wooden signs on the beach saying no lifeguards were on duty and guests were responsible for their own safety. But Ms Ng said the warnings were inadequate. 'We are not accepting the excuses,' she said. 'It is a five-star-plus hotel. I can't imagine they do not have any first-aid facilities on their own beach.' Lo's elder sister Katy Lo said her brother might still be alive if the rescuers had come in time, as he still had a weak pulse when he was pulled to the beach by a friend. Chu's elder sister Catherine said the family wanted those responsible for the deaths to be identified to prevent further tragedies. The families are getting legal advice and may sue the hotel and travel agency. Evergloss executive director Steve Huen Kwok-chuen said the tour guide had warned the visitors not to swim at the beach. The company had done everything it could and would not consider an apology or compensation. The Starwood hotels group, the parent company for Le Meridien resorts, did not comment last night. Chu's memorial service will be held on Sunday and Lo's on July 20.