British man, 58, believed to have fallen 6 metres down slope found dead in Hong Kong alley

A British man suspected to have lost footing and fallen about six metres down a slope was found dead in a Hong Kong alley on Thursday.

A source familiar with the case said the smell of alcohol was detected on the 58-year-old man, prompting police to investigate whether intoxication played a role in the tragic accident.

Emergency personnel were alerted when a passer-by discovered the unresponsive man in the alley on Village Terrace in Happy Valley soon after 7am, according to the force.

A police spokesman said the man was declared dead at the scene.

“After conducting a preliminary investigation, it is believed that the man lost his footing and fell [about six metres] down a slope,” the spokesman said.

The source said the man was a British national and a Hong Kong ID card holder.

According to the force, an autopsy will be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.

In 2021, a 58-year-old man who drank heavily and forgot to bring his keys escaped serious injury after he fell while trying to climb into his third-floor flat in a Tin Shui Wai public housing block.

He scaled pipes on the building from the ground floor and reached the third floor, but lost his grip, falling onto the first-floor canopy.

In 2016, a German who appeared drunk survived after he fell trying to climb into his third-floor flat in North Point.

The man, 42, stepped on a bin and started his perilous ascent along drainpipes. But he lost his grip before reaching his flat and tumbled to the ground, hitting the bonnet of a Mercedes-Benz parked below and bouncing onto the pavement.

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