Man Jumps from Casino Ship to Escape Loan Sharks

Posted on: March 21, 2013, 03:18h. 

Last updated on: March 21, 2013, 12:19h.

Gambling on loan-shark borrowed money is all fun and games until you lose all of that money and are forced to strip to your skivvies and jump from your third floor cabin window aboard the casino ship that was the cause of your short-lived fun and subsequent woes, into the frigid waters of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor below.

A Chinese national surnamed Lu found that out the hard way last week, according to the Chinese language newspaper Ming Pao. He allegedly borrowed HK$120,000 (approximately US$15,460) from loan sharks and embarked on 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, an increasingly popular ploy the world over.

The ship was somewhere near the Eastern Harbor Crossing Tunnel between Lei Yue Mun and Kwun Tong when the man made his escape attempt (the loan sharks were presumably on board with him) after burning through the borrowed money. He wrapped his documents and 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 his wet way home however, he was picked up by another ship, which promptly brought him, soaking and sullen, to a nearby police station, and then from there to the hospital for a check-up.

While the man was released by police and has not been charged with any crime, the police are surely the least of his worries at present, as he still has a formidable gambling debt hanging over his head, and likely some very angry people looking for him over it; people who probably weren’t particularly impressed by his decision to go for a late night swim.