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The China Mail.

Hongkong, Monday, June 19, 1922.

No. 18,596
Page 4



   The Stonecutters bathing beach was the scene of a sad drowning fatality on Saturday afternoon, when Thorwald Emil Andersen, a young Cub Master of St. Andrew's Troop of Boy Scouts, lost his life. The young man had taken a party of Scouts swimming and the tragedy occurred about 7. p.m. All the Scouts had already returned on board the ferry launch, and young Andersen who was still in the water about to follow them when he was hailed by a party on a private launch and invited to join them. Telling the Scouts to go bome without him, Andersen swam towards the private launch. In the meantime, the ferry launch had got under way. Suddenly Mr. T. L. Knight of the American Express Co., who was on board, noticed Anderson was in difficulty and jumped in fully clothed to render assistance. Young Andersen sank immediately and did tot appear again. Many people swam for a long time round the spot where he was last seen. Andersen was only about 20 yards from shore when he sank, but as there was a strong tide running at the time, it is thought he must have been carried out into deep water. The would be rescuers remained in the water until the dusk fell, forcing them to give up the search. It is thought that Andersen was seized by cramp.

   The deceased, who lived with his mother at Orient Baldings, was only 19 years of age, and was an apprentice at Kowloon Docks. He was well known and very popular among Kowloon boys. His father was until recently with the Kowloon Godown Co., but has gone to Shanghai where the rest of the family had hoped to join him.

   Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Andersen in their sad bereavement.


   The police recovered Andersen's body this morning and the funeral will take place this afternoon, passing the Monument at about 5.40 p.m.

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