Sai Kung in the New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino man, who drove a boat in the New Territories’ Sai Kung district for a living, died in hospital on Wednesday while being treated for the effects of an illegal drug known as Flakka.

The man, known as Jay B, was reported to have not eaten or slept for two days and was staggering, having spasms and dancing uncontrollably on Tuesday because of the effects of the drugs, according to sunwebhk.com.

Flakka, also known as “zombie drug” or gravel, is a synthetic drug which causes a feeling of euphoria, a heightened sense of awareness, stimulation and energy.

The report said a video had circulated in the local Filipino community which showed the victim being restrained by a police officer on a boardwalk in Sai Kung while he shook and mumbled incoherently.

A Facebook post accompanied by the video footage and a still photograph of the victim said Jay B was taken by the police to an unnamed hospital, but died while being treated.

The exact cause of death was not immediately known.

The Philippine consulate said Jay B was a dependent visa holder who was driving a boat for a living in Sai Kung, where he and his wife lived, adding it was the man’s wife who reported his death to the consulate.

But an officer at the Police Public Relations Branch said on Thursday evening that they had not received any report on the incident and he would make further inquiries.

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