A 51-year-old cameraman died on Wednesday while filming for Jackie Chan’s new movie Skiptrace. Chan Kwok-hung fell overboard and drowned when a boat carrying crew members capsized near Lantau Island.
The seven other crew members onboard were able to swim 100 feet to shore for safety, according to an SCMP report, which added that Jackie Chan was not believed to have been on the boat at the time. The Hollywood Reporter said that the movie star was on shore when the boat capsized and jumped in the water to help rescue crew members.
Chan Kowk-hung had more than 20 years of experience in the movie industry, and had worked with prominent Hong Kong directors including Stephen Chow, Jingle Ma and Chan Chi-ying.
Tenky Tin Kai-man, chairman of the Movie Production Executives Association, told SCMP that there were plans in the works to tighten safety regulations on set. “We had a discussion of whether we should revamp our safety guidelines earlier this year, but this accident happened before our revamp,” he said, adding that the company would help raise funds for Chan Kwok-hung’s family.
The action-comedy film Skiptrace, a joint production between the US and China, features Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing and Johnny Knoxville. Its release date is set for 2015.