image image

Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon thrill seekers are a public hazard whose selfishness should not be subsidised

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 September, 2018, 4:25pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 September, 2018, 4:24pm

I am writing in response to the photo spread “Mangkhut mayhem” (September 17) which featured people who ventured outdoors to experience the full force of the typhoon.

These people are very selfish because in addition to being careless with their own lives, they endanger the lives of others. One photograph showed two women holding tight to a bus shelter. If they had been injured, an ambulance would have had to rescue them, which might have deprived someone else of the service.

Even more dangerous is going to the beach or a seaside promenade, where one risks falling into the sea.

After Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong beaches could take months to recover

The government should levy a charge on those who call an ambulance on typhoon days if it is found that they unnecessarily went outside, especially to dangerous locations. This will deter storm chasers.

Carmen Wong Ka-ying, Kwai Chung