PICTURED: Loving husband killed when a flying gas bottle hit him when Sydney stormed through a storm
- Hoong Leong, 37, walked home from drinks with colleagues at The Rocks
- Mr. Leong was hit by a gas cylinder that was thought to be trapped during storms
- He suffered a cardiac arrest and died at St. Vincent’s Hospital
- The police are calling on the owner of the gas cylinder to bring himself forward
A man who died after being hit by a flying gas bottle during a freak storm in Sydney has been identified.
Hoong Leong, 37, walked home on Tuesday at 11 p.m. with colleagues at The Rocks when he was hit by the nine-kilo bottle.
It’s supposed to have been blown from a high balcony on the street before Mr. Leong hits the shoulder, according to Nine news.
Hoong Leong, 37, walked home with colleagues at The Rocks on Tuesday at 11 p.m. when he was hit by the nine-kilo bottle
People from a nearby pub rushed to help, but Mr. Leong’s condition began to deteriorate.
His lungs collapsed before he had a cardiac arrest and CPR was performed.
Leong was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he died.
“Traumatic cardiac arrest is serious and it’s rare for anyone to survive,” NSW Ambulance Superintendent Kath Rallings told reporters on Wednesday.
“This is a bizarre accident and a tragedy for this man’s family and friends.”
Supt Rallings said the man’s death was a “one-in-a-million” event.
It is thought that the bottle was blown from a balcony of one of the tall buildings and slapped Mr. Leong in the shoulder
“Although this appears to be a one-in-a-million accident, it doesn’t underestimate these wild weather conditions,” she said.
Inspector-inspector David El-Badawi said the gas bottle had fallen “from a great height” to hit the married Chatswood man and they were investigating where it had come from.
“The bottle hit him in the shoulder,” said Det Insp El-Badawi.
“It’s a nine kilo gas bottle. We think it comes from a nearby apartment building, but we don’t know that yet.
“If anyone misses a gas cylinder, we just need to know the circumstances behind this man’s death, it’s a tragic accident.”
People from a nearby pub rushed to help, but Mr. Leong’s condition began to deteriorate
Detectives visited the scene outside the Moutschop Taphouse on Wednesday morning.
The Insp El-Badawi said the man’s friend was traumatized after witnessing the “freak incident.”
A crime scene has been identified in Harrington Street and investigators have appealed to anyone with information to come forward.