The annual cross-harbour swim ended in tragedy on Sunday after a 46-year-old competitor drowned. The man was pulled unconscious from the water and was rushed to hospital but sadly could not be saved.
A female swimmer who also got into trouble during the race was rescued by lifeguards and taken to hospital where she was admitted to intensive care.
Approximately 3,000 people took part in the 1.5km race this year from Lei Yue Mun in Kowloon to Sai Wan Ho, Quarry Bay. The first cross-harbour race was held in 1906 and ran until 1978 when it was cancelled due to concerns about pollution. The race was reintroduced in 2011.
In a statement on the official website yesterday, the organiser of the race, the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA), and the title sponsor, New World Development Company Limited, said that they wished to “express their deepest sorrow following [the] tragic accident, when a Leisure Group swimmer in today’s event got into difficulties. The swimmer was rescued but attempts to resuscitate him failed and he subsequently passed away. HKASA and New World Development offer their sincere condolences to the bereaved family.”