On the mend

On the mend

Inter-school champion swimmer Yau Tsz-lam regained consciousness on Monday. The 12-year-old was unconscious when he was rescued from Fanling Swimming Pool the day before.

The boy's former principal, Chan Siu-hung of Wai Chow Public School in Sheung Shui, visited him in hospital. "Now he can open his eyes. I was relieved," Chan said. "Tsz-lam was aware of me and we had eye contact. We did not talk, there are pipes in his mouth. I am not sure if he is able to speak or not."

Tsz-lam is a Form One student at Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School.

On Sunday, he took part in the 28th North District Age Group Swimming Competition. He won silver in the 50-metre butterfly and gold in the 200m breaststroke in the morning. Later in the day he won another gold in the 400m medley relay.

After the race, Tsz-lam leapt into the cool-down pool, but started struggling. He was rescued by lifeguards and rushed to the Prince of Wales Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

It is believed that Tsz-lam hit the bottom of the swimming pool while jumping in, causing him to choke in the water.

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