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Bun tower plunge man fighting for his life, Monday, April 30, 2012
Apr 30 2012, 12:22 PM
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Eddie Luk from Standard
A worker is fighting for his life in hospital after falling from a bun tower on Cheung Chau.
Horrified crowds watched as the 33-year-old Cheung Chau resident, named Miller, plunged about nine meters while collecting buns for festival devotees - a task that should have earned him about HK$2,000.
Witnesses said Miller, who has been involved in the same festival effort for around seven years, was using safety gear when he was collecting buns from a secondary bamboo display tower, which was set up about 100m from the tower for the official scramble.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee vice chairman Ho Lai-on said since there was a downpour on Saturday night it was possible some of the bamboo that made up the tower was damaged as well as slippery.
Miller fell when he was trying to attach his safety harness to bamboos shortly after midnight, Ho said.
He is seen in video recordings by revellers to be clinging to a bamboo with his bare hands for a few seconds after he either failed to attach his safety harness or it broke free.
An eyewitness named Tsang said Miller had shouted for help when he was near the top of the tower.
Other workers started climbing the tower, he said, but Miller fell before they could get to him.
Miller was rushed to Cheung Chau Hospital and then transferred to Eastern Hospital. His wife said he suffered fractures to his hands, legs and pelvis and was to undergo a second operation today.
Police have launched an investigation.
And Ho said the organizers would be reviewing safety procedures.
Ho also said that since buns on the tower were damaged by the rain, thousands of new ones were distributed to residents and festival revellers yesterday morning.
On a happier note around the main tower, personal trainer Kwok Chun-yin, 23, was crowned the men's bun- scrambling champion.
Newcomer Kwok said he was surprised to have won the event and said he will present his medal to his mother.
Lisa Cheng Lai-sho, 26, successfully defended the women's title she won last year.
This post has been edited by cici: Apr 30 2012, 12:22 PM
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