A Singaporean man on a trip to Hong Kong to take part in a war game simulation has died of suspected hypothermia. — PHOTO: ORIENTAL DAILY
HONG KONG – A SINGAPOREAN man on a trip to Hong Kong to take part in a war game simulation has died of suspected hypothermia after temperatures plunged to a low of 15 deg C.
According to local press reports, the death occurred at around 1pm on Saturday at a war game simulation centre in Yuen Long district, in the north of the territory near Shenzhen.
The Chinese-language Ming Pao Daily News said the 51-year-old man, Mr Derek Tham, had arrived at the centre together with his niece and several other friends and was walking towards the venue of the war game when he suddenly fainted.
The paper said Mr Tham and his fellow war game enthusiasts were in their combat fatigues, had drawn their weapons, and were raring to go when the tragedy happened.
His companions quickly alerted the police and an ambulance arrived shortly afterwards and rushed Mr Tham to the nearby Pok Oi Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead at 2.34pm, according to Apple Daily.
The cause of his death is still being investigated, although a doctor who spoke to the press told reporters that Mr Tham, who suffered from high-blood pressure, could have died after the cold temperature in the area triggered a heart attack.
Read the full story in Monday’s edition of The Straits Times.