A tourist from Hubei province fell 11 meters to his death when he lost his balance on a railing in Ocean Park on Thursday.
According to SCMP, 50-year-old Cao Tao had arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday and was visiting the theme park when he fell around 10:30 a.m. Witnesses said that Cao had been sitting on the 1.1-meter-high metal barrier, facing the resting area before he seemingly stumbled backwards.
“A witness saw the man sit on the railing,” a police source said. “Shortly after he turned around, he heard a loud noise, looked back and realised the victim had fallen down.
“It appeared he had lost his balance, fallen backwards and tumbled down.”
The man, who was found unconscious, was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was pronounced dead at 11:50 a.m.
Police found nothing suspicious and a spokeswoman for Ocean Park said it’s the first time such an accident has happened in recent years.
“The area where the guest fell is protected by a 1.1-metre-high railing and there are warning signs telling visitors not to climb the railings,” she said.
Other travelers from the mainland have sadly seen similar fates in the past year while ignoring safety precautions at tourist attractions. In October, a 27-year-old Beijing resident seriously injured himself when he climbed an arch and fell at a National Park in Utah, although it was specifically banned to do so. Last August, another tourist died after falling 55 meters from a cliff in Heilongjiang province while posing for photos. She had reportedly climbed over a barrier to stand on the cliff edge and pose for a picture.
[Image via SCMP]