Oct 17, 2016

    One drowns, one in ICU after HK cross harbour race


    A SWIMMER drowned yesterday in Hong Kong and another was left in critical condition as they took part in the city's annual cross-harbour swim, which attracts world-class competitors.

    Local media said the man who died was rushed to hospital after being pulled unconscious from the water by a rescue boat. He was reported to be in his 40s.

    A woman thought to be in her 60s was separately pulled unconscious from the water and is reported to be in intensive care in hospital.

    The 1,500m race saw around 3,000 people swim between two piers on opposite sides of Hong Kong's famous harbour - 500 more from last year, according to reports.

    Some local media questioned why only

    10 extra lifeguards had

    been added when the field had expanded so much.

    There were a total of | 120 lifeguards at the event, local broadcaster RTHK reported on its website.

    The weather was warm and sunny, with air temperatures reaching around 30 deg C.

    But some swimmers

    had complained of strong currents, the Post said.

    It is the first death in the race since it was resumed

    in 2011 after a 30-year break, local media reported.