More on Ping Chau diver’s death

Yesterday SCMP had a story about the diver who died while diving off Ping Chau on Thursday night. He was part of a group of over 10 people who were staying in a rented house there and had been diving by day and night. His name was Cheng Cheuk-yin and he was 50 years old and apparently was a veteran diver.

At around 9:45pm on Thursday he and a buddy were diving at Tai Tong Wan, which is on the east side of Ping Chau, Mirs Bay. They were in about 3 metres of water and less than 50 metres from shore. Mr. Cheng sufaced around 11:30pm and complained of feeling unwell. He had difficulty breathing as they swam back to shore. When they got back, his friend called marine police who arrived within about 5 minutes, by which time Mr. Cheng was semi-conscious. He was taken to Prince of Wales where he was declared dead shortly before 1am. One of the Chinese papers apparently mentioned that there was speculation he had suffered from a heart problem, which would fit in with the SCMP report.

The SCMP points out that diving deaths are on the rise, although in this case it could just be a medical problem that happened while someone was diving. There are also more people diving now than there used to be.

If you are a subscriber, you can read the SCMP article here.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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