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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