Gambling on loan-shark borrowed money is all enjoyable and games unless you lose every one of that money and are forced to remove to your skivvies and jump from your own third flooring cabin window aboard the casino ship that was the explanation for your short-lived fun and subsequent woes, into the frigid waters of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor below.
A Chinese nationwide surnamed Lu discovered that out the hard way last week, based on the Chinese language newsprint Ming Pao. He presumably borrowed HK$120,000 (more or less US$15,460) from loan sharks and embarked on a evening of gambling aboard the casino ship, which skirts (or rather sails) around Hong Kong's strict gambling laws by cruising out into international waters, a ever more popular ploy the world over.
The ship was somewhere close to the Eastern Harbor Crossing Tunnel between Lei Yue Mun and Kwun Tong if the man made their escape attempt (the loan sharks had been presumably on board with him) after burning through the borrowed cash. He wrapped his papers and what money that is little had left in plastic, stripped down, donned a life jacket, and jumped from the screen of his cabin.
Rather than being free to swim to safety and make his wet way house however, he was picked up by another ship, which quickly brought him, soaking and sullen, to a police that is nearby, and then after that to the hospital for a check-up.
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