Man Jumps from Casino Ship to Escape Loan Sharks
Gambling on loan-shark borrowed money is all fun and games before you lose most of that money and are forced to strip to your skivvies and jump from your own third floor cabin window aboard the casino ship which was the explanation for your short-lived fun and subsequent woes, into the frigid waters of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor below.
A Chinese national surnamed Lu discovered that out the way that is hard week, according to the china magazine Ming Pao. He allegedly borrowed HK$120,000 (more or less US$15,460) from loan sharks and embarked for a night of gambling aboard the casino ship, which skirts (or rather sails) around Hong Kong’s strict gambling laws by sailing out into international waters, a ever more popular ploy the world over.
The ship ended up being somewhere close to the Eastern Harbor Crossing Tunnel between Lei Yue Mun and Kwun Tong once the man made his escape attempt (the loan sharks were presumably up to speed with him) after burning through the borrowed cash. He wrapped his papers and exactly what little money he had left in plastic, stripped down, donned a life jacket, and jumped from the window of his cabin.
Rather than being free to swim to safety and make their wet way home however, he was picked up by another ship, which promptly brought him, soaking and sullen, to a nearby police section, and then after that to the hospital for a check-up.
Whilst the man was released by police and hasn’t been charge