Unconscious canoeist rescued from sea by marine police after sudden bad weather in Hong Kong


An unconscious canoeist was pulled from the sea by police lifeguards after several boats capsized when a sudden gust hit Hong Kong on Sunday.

The woman, 24, who was rushed to Tseung Kwan O Hospital for treatment, was among a group of nine people, including two children, pulled from the water by police officers sea ​​around 4 p.m. after the four canoes they were traveling in capsized. choppy waters.

Police said the incident happened around 4:15 p.m. off Pak Sha Chau in Sai Kung after high winds and heavy rain battered the area.

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The two rescued children are unharmed.

The unsettled weather continued for several hours, with winds of around 110 km/h (68 mph) recorded at Tai O at 7:25 p.m. and gusts of over 90 km/h recorded at Lau Fau Shan about an hour later. early.

Police handled around 20 calls for help between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., most from people on the water and several from hikers.

A group of 12 canoeists near Yeung Chau in Tai Po called for help after they were too cold to continue in bad weather, while a group of four paddlers off Ma On Shan also needed help just before 4 p.m.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a thunderstorm warning at 2:45 p.m. and the weather in parts of the city deteriorated.

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Strong gusts of over 70km/h were recorded in Sai Kung just after 4 p.m.

The Observatory issued “a special weather advisory” at 4:10 p.m. and forecasters warned that strong gusts are expected to continue to affect the city.

The weather service warned that those outside should seek shelter in a safe place as soon as possible.

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