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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:59 pm 
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Ming Pao Breaking News

Most of the "facts" in the Ming Pao breaking news story above seem to be wrong. I've been interviewing ferry staff, Pak Kok residents, neighbours and relatives of the lady who drowned today, this is what we know so far, but no guarantees if all the facts are correct. For even more info: Mrs. Chan of the Pak Kok shop...
My condolences go out to the lady's friends and relatives.

A local elderly lady, 81 years old, a neighbour of ours in Pak Kok New Village, drowned today at the Pak Kok ferry pier, after falling off a sampan from Aberdeen, between 12:30-1pm. She had returned from Aberdeen in a hurry, not waiting for the next ferry, because her son, 46, was unexpectedly visiting her and waiting outside her home, but didn't have a key. Her helper was with her, but couldn't save her, neither the sampan driver. The helper calling the son, he rushed down to try saving her, but almost drowned himself and had to be saved himself, being in critical condition in hospital now. Police and reporters arrived at the pier soon afterwards.


Sampans are really dangerous, from our own experiences doing the same ride from Aberdeen to Lamma a few times after the last ferry departed. Don't take a sampan if you can't swim reasonably well and even then, almost all other boats and ships around the sampan are much bigger and faster...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:09 pm 
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From my wife's quick reading:

A man and his mother were fishing in a boat off Pak Kok.
The mother fell in, the son tried to rescue her, but she died. The son was OK


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:48 pm 
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It's mostly wrong in the Ming Pao story, they even got the wrong ferry pier, didn't mention the sampan and there was no fishing at all. See above.

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Just got a more accurate link from a relative of the lady who drowned:

https://hk.news.yahoo.com/南丫島墮海老婦不治-074400150.html

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:52 am 
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http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20150217/19045449

Nothing in the English HK media yet as far as I've seen...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:59 am 
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There was no life-ring at the ferry pier in Pak Kok at the time of the accident.

TheTransport Department were made aware there was no life ring there. Yesterday (Tuesday) morning there was still no ring - but by 5pm one had been placed at the pier.

It's tragic and our entire village is saddened by this.

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It'd be more to the point to have life rings on the sampans.
And while it will never happen, sampan passengers, especially elderly, children and drunks, should wear life vests.


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And our quite numerous elderly drunks who behave like children should DEFINITELY wear life vests AND life rings, not just on the sampan, but also on their way home from the local and HK-side bars, just in case they wander off the ferry pier or off the beach...

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Front page of SCMP 'City section' yesterday (17/2/15) -- "Woman dies getting off Sampan in Lamma"
An 81-year old woman drowned when she fell into the sea while stepping from a sampan onto a pier at Pak Kok Tsuenon northern Lamma Island yesterday afternoon. Her 46-year old son jumped in after her. The pair were pulled out by villagers and taken to Queen Mary Hospital, but the woman was confirmed dead. Her son was said to be in a stable condition.


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