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Response to media enquiries on person collapsed case in Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool

     In response to media enquiries on a swimmer collapsed in Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool this morning (September 3), the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) gives the following information:

     According to the preliminary report by Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool, a lifeguard who was on duty at the lookout post of the training pool found a woman swimmer floating in the 1.2-meter-deep area of the pool at about 8.47am today. At the same time, another swimmer in the pool signaled to the lifeguard that the female swimmer might need assistance.

     The lifeguard immediately came down from the lookout post and together with other lifeguards rescued the woman out of the water onto the pool deck. He and five other lifeguards offered her first aid treatment while the swimming pool supervisor immediately called for an ambulance.

     The woman was sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital in an ambulance at around 9am. Swimming pool staff also went to the hospital to find out about her condition.

     At 9.46am, the LCSD learnt from the hospital that the swimmer had been certified dead. Subsequently, the swimming pool staff conveyed sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

     Twenty-two lifeguards were on duty at Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool this morning. They were deployed to perform lookout post, patrol and first aid duties at seven swimming pool facilities opened to the public.

     When the incident occurred, there was a lifeguard on duty at the lookout post of the training pool as normal. He went to the rescue of the woman once he spotted the abnormal situation.

     There are sufficient lifeguards manning Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool. Its lifeguard establishment is based on the types of swimming facilities and their quantities, their usage and experience gained from daily operation.

     The depth of the training pool of Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool ranges from 0.9 metre to 1.2 metres.

     A lifeguard on duty who needs to leave his post for the washroom would arrange a temporary replacement before leaving his position.

     The lifeguard on duty on the lookout post of the training pool is able to see all areas of the pool.

     The general operation of the pool was not affected by the incident today. It was opened to the public as normal afterwards.

Ends/Wednesday, September 3, 2008


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