Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hong Kong: Chinese Tourist, 50, Seemingly Ignored Warning Signs to Not Sit on Railing, Died from Fall

According to The South China Morning Post, Mainland Chinese tourist Cao Tao, 50, fell roughly eleven meters (36 feet) to his death after he apparently lost his balance while sitting on an Ocean Park railing on April 10.

In order to depict that warning signs were prominently posted in both English and Cantonese. See the link below for the entirety of the article:

Cao Tao arrived from Hubei province on Wednesday (April 9)  and was visiting the theme park in Aberdeen alone at the time, after falling from a railing on which he was sitting.

"A witness saw the tourist sitting on the railing," a police source said. "Shortly after he turned around, he heard a loud noise, looked back and realized the victim had fallen.

COMMENT: "It appeared the man lost his balance, fallen backwards and tumbled down."

Cao was unconscious when an EMT crew from the theme park attended to him on-site.

The man was rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was declared dead at 1150 hours.

Police said an initial investigation found nothing suspicious and indicated it was an accident.

"The area where the guest fell is protected by a 1.1-meter-high railing and there are warning signs telling visitors not to climb the railings," the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said Ocean Park would assess whether it was necessary to introduce new measures to prevent a repeat of such an accident.

The theme park attracted about 7.7 million visitors between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.