An 11-year-old Hong Kong girl drowned while swimming alone at a beach in Tuen Mun in New Territories West on Thursday afternoon. At around 2pm, the Primary 6 student went to Butterfly Beach with five relatives, Apple Daily reported. Initially, they swam together but some of the girl’s companions got tired and returned to the shore.
A few hours later, the relatives could not find the girl at the beach, so they asked the lifeguards for help, who called the police at 6:16pm. Police officers and an underwater search team from the Fire Services Department arrived.
At 7:38pm, firemen found the girl underwater 10 meters from shore. She was sent to hospital, where she was certified dead.
The girl’s relatives who had gone with her to the beach said later that they had reminded her to be careful when swimming alone.
The girl had been living in Lam Tin, Kowloon, with her grandfather while her mother was in jail and father had left home, Sing Tao Daily reported.
Patrick Yeung, chairman of the Hong Kong Life Saving Society, said children should not swim alone without adult supervision. He added that swimmers should be aware of the tide times.
In 2012, a five-year-old Nepalese boy and his father drowned at Butterfly Beach because of strong waves.