Hung Shek Mun, on the shore of Double Haven within Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories. Photo: Google Maps, Kevin Chiang

A Hong Kong lawyer drowned during a hike in Tai Po in the New Territories on Sunday. Albert Poon Ying-yin, 53, a veteran lawyer, set out in the morning on a hiking tour with 12 friends from Wong Shek Pier to Wong Chuk Kok Tsui, or Bluff Head, in Plover Cove Country Park, Sing Tao Daily reported.

At 2pm, the group arrived at Hung Shek Mun, or “Red Rock Gate,” on the shore of Double Haven harbor within the country park.

Poon and a friend decided to swim to Wong Wan Chau, or Double Island, but Poon got into difficulties before completing the swim. He decided to turn around and swim back, but didn’t make it.

His companions pulled him out of the water but he was unconscious. The Government Flying Service took him by helicopter to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital but he was pronounced dead, Apple Daily reported.

Police found nothing suspicious after an initial investigation.

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