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Nine lifeguards commended for their bravery

The Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong, this (July 14) afternoon presented a commendation letter and certificates of merit to nine lifeguards of the department for their bravery and meritorious acts.

Ms Wong said at the ceremony that the nine lifeguards lived up to the commendations as they showed strong devotion to their missions in serving the members of the public.

She also hoped that the outstanding performances of these nine lifeguards could encourage their colleagues to continue providing quality services to the community.

Mr Li Ying-fai was awarded the commendation letter in recognition of his exceptionally meritorious act.

While having a leisure walk along Shek O Beach at about 8pm on June 30, the off-duty acting Senior Artisan heard someone shouting for help and found some people in distress in the waters some 40 metres off the beach.

Braving the rough sea, Mr Li immediately got a floating aid on the shore and swam offshore to rescue three youngsters.

At today's presentation ceremony, Mr Li and his colleague, Mr Chui Yuk-man, were commended with certificates of merit for their effort in support of fight crime.

They spotted four Vietnamese illegal immigrants and a woman snakehead acting suspiciously on Shek O Beach on October 27, 2003 morning and reported the case to Police, leading to the arrests of the group.

Seven lifeguards were also commended today.

They saved three swimmers in distress in three accidents in Kowloon Park Swimming Pool, Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool and Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool in June and July this year respectively.

While on duty at a lookout post at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool on 29 June, Lifeguard Tsui Chin-pang discovered a woman in distress. He then dashed to rescue and took the unconscious victim to the pool deck. Mr Tsui and acting Senior Artisan Hon Kar-ming applied cardiac pulmonary resuscitation to the victim, who later regained consciousness.

Upon seeing a 73-year-old woman lying unconscious on the edge of the secondary pool of Lai Chi Kok Park Swimming Pool, Artisan Yu Hong-king, who was on duty at a guard post, took immediate action together with Lifeguard Shiao Yip-hong by pulling the collapsed victim out of the water. After the application of external airway resuscitation by Senior Artisan Fung Kam-tai to the victim, she regained consciousness and resumed breathing.

In the third accident at Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool on June 28, Artisan So Wing-hung on patrol duty spotted a man in distress. He immediately alerted other lifeguards and dashed to rescue the victim. When the victim was brought to the pool deck, he had already lost consciousness and was not breathing. Cardiac pulmonary resuscitation was applied by Mr So and Artisan Tsui Koon-ho to the victim, who became conscious and breathed again after a while.

Ends/Wednesday, July 14, 2004
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