A Nepali man who was pulled unconscious from a popular cliff diving spot in Sai Kung yesterday has died.
Twenty-five-year-old Gurung Sanpok was among a group of five people who went to visit the Four Pools, also known as the Quadruplex Pools, yesterday, Apple Daily reports.
A 26-year-old woman named Gurung Biniita — reportedly the girlfriend of the deceased — was also taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the water. The newspaper reported that the couple were living in Hong Kong and both knew how to swim.
According to the newspaper, they were among a group of nine people — including six men and three women — who were camping overnight at Sai Wan beach in Sai Kung. The group reportedly included French and Nepali nationals.
Yesterday morning, five members of the group set out for a dip in the Four Pools at around 10am.
The couple were playing around in the water, while the other three members of the group were exploring the area nearby, until Gurung, the female, began experiencing difficulties swimming and called out for help.
The group went in to the water to save her, but there was no sign of her boyfriend, who the newspaper reported had dived into the water but vanished.
The group called emergency services before 12pm, and the woman was airlifted to the Eastern Hospital.
Sing Pao Daily reported that police and firefighters dispatched a search and rescue team, and that Gurung was found unconscious around three hours after the emergency services were called. He died as he was being airlifted to hospital.
This is not the first time a fatality has happened at the popular cliff diving spot, Sing Pao Daily reports. In 2011, a 17-year-old boy died after he hit his head on a rock during a jump.
In January, the Four Pools was listed by the government as an “accident blackspot” or a “high risk location” where accidents and fatalities have occurred.