A Hong Kong man dies in a diving incident in South Africa

A 50-year-old Hong Kong man has died after losing consciousness while diving South AfricaRescue services and Chinese state television said this.

The Chinese consulate in Cape Town confirmed to broadcaster CCTV on Monday that the dead man was a Hong Kong national, a day after the South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said it had received a report of a tourist being pulled from the water near Port Elizabeth . .

“It appears the man emerged unconscious from a dive and was recovered from the dive charter boat where CPR was initiated by the dive charter boat crew,” the report said.

The rescue service said it was notified of the emergency at 10.45am on Sunday.

Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where a 50-year-old man from Hong Kong died in a diving incident. Photo: Shutterstock

Institute spokesman Justin Erasmus told the broadcaster that medical staff had also tried to resuscitate the man, but were unable to do so.

“(The man) was transferred to our NSRI rescue vessel, and while NSRI doctors continued to resuscitate the man, he was taken to our NSRI rescue station in Gqeberha where paramedics continued advanced life support resuscitation efforts,” the rescue service said.

Kelvin Kam Sheung-hang, director of the Hong Kong Underwater Association’s diving department, said South Africa was not a popular destination for divers.

“Fewer people go to South Africa to dive because it is quite expensive and there is not much to see in the undersea world.” he added. “People who choose to dive there also go on safari, as if they were participating in a ten-day tour including one to two days of diving.”

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Kam said anyone wanting to dive in places like South Africa must be experienced and have at least 200 dives under their belt.

He added that the vest-style buoyancy devices used by divers may also have deteriorated if left unused during the pandemic.

“Most parts are plastic and will wear out over time,” he explains.

Kam appealed to people to check that their equipment was working properly before diving.

The man’s body, which has not yet been named, is being held by the South African Forensic Pathology Service.

Hong Kong Immigration has been contacted for comment.