Gambler Jumps from Ship After Losing £10,200
A tourist who lost around £10,200 while gambling on a casino ship attempted to escape some loan sharks by jumping off the ship into the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
The man, a 33 year old from China, had boarded the ship on Wednesday night around 9pm.
During the time he was on-board the ship sailed between Lei Yue Mun and Kwun Tong close to the Eastern Harbour Crossing tunnel, during the time he managed to lose the money at the casino tables.
It has been reported that he then stripped to his underwear, put on a life jacket and jumped from his cabin window into the sea.
However, he was soon picked up by a passing boat and the police were called.
Sources say that he had been gambling with money borrowed from load sharks. Casino ships are illegal in Hong Kong and are required to sail into international waters before opening their tables.
This is not the first incident of its kind, in September 2010 a 51 year old Chinese man jumped to his death from a ship after losing £425,000 in the casino.