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Stroke suspected in death of Pinoy who fell off boat while windsurfing

09 December 2019

By The SUN

The Filipino was windsurfing like these three people when he fell off a boat and drowned
A Filipino domestic helper who drowned while windsurfing in Victoria Harbour may have suffered a stroke which caused him to fall off the boat, according to sources at the Consulate.

Edgar, 46, fell into the sea off the cruise terminal in Ngau Tau Kok at about 3:45pm on Nov. 27.

A police spokeswoman said the Filipino fell into the harbor while windsurfing with a friend, a 48-year-old local man named Wein.
Wein and another informant, also a local named Yim, 51, as well as people on passing boats tried to help the victim but he was already unconscious when pulled out of the water, the spokeswoman said.

He was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wanchai where he was certified dead at 4:55pm.

According to Welfare Officer Marivic C. Clarin, stroke is seen as the likely cause of Edgar’s death as he appeared to have died shortly after falling into the water, and despite efforts of several people to rescue him.
A postmortem has already been carried out, but the results won’t be known until after three months.

Edgar’s remains are set to be flown home to the Philippines on Dec. 15.

A few hours before he died, Edgar had reportedly prepared food for his young son’s birthday party on that fateful day, before going off to work for his employer of more than four years.
The employer and his son had reportedly taken Edgar with them to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay for windsurfing.

Edgar, who was single, reportedly had a partner in Hong Kong, a fellow OFW who bore him a son who is now about 8 years old. The boy’s birthday party had to be cancelled in the wake of his father’s death.

Sources said Edgar’s OFW siblings who are here are helping his partner attend to the processing of his repatriation papers.   

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