Woman died bathing in hot spring un­der scorch­ing sun: po­lice of­fi­cers

Taipei sees the year’s high­est tem­per­a­ture of 37.1 de­grees Cel­sius

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

A 73-year-old woman died of heat stroke af­ter bathing in an out­door hot spring in Wu­lai, New Taipei City yesterday noon, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials of the New Taipei City Fire Depart­ment (

). Tem­per­a­tures in Taipei soared to 37.1 de­grees Cel­sius Fri­day, set­ting a new high for the year in Tai­wan's cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB).

The scorch­ing read­ing was recorded at 12:54 p.m., fol­lowed by 36.1 de­grees in Ban­qiao in New Taipei and 35.8 de­grees in cen- tral Tai­wan's Chi­ayi, also around noon.

De­spite the hot weather yesterday at a record-set­ting tem­per­a­ture, a 48-year-old woman sur­named Kang ( ) took her mother to an out­door nat­u­ral hot spring along the Nan­shi River ( ) in Wu­lai, of­fi­cials said. Nan­shi River is a trib­u­tary of the Xin­dian River.

Around 11 a.m. yesterday, of­fi­cials of the fire depart­ment were in­formed that two women had fainted in a hot spring. Of­fi­cials later said that other visi­tors were en­joy­ing them­selves be­side the river and no­ticed that two women were bathing in the hot spring us­ing two um­brel­las to block the sun­light. They ap­proached to check af­ter they no­ticed that the women had not moved for a long while, only to dis­cover that they had fainted in the wa­ter. Luck­ily the wa­ter was shal­low, of­fi­cials said.

When help ar­rived, the daugh­ter re­cov­ered from her heat stroke. How­ever the mother had stopped breath­ing, of­fi­cials said.

The mother was then sent to the Bud­dhist Tzu Chi Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Xin­dian Branch (

), how­ever she died af­ter med­i­cal treat­ment, of­fi­cials said. The daugh­ter was sent to the Car­di­nal Tien Hos­pi­tal ( ), of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice of­fi­cers said that they have con­tacted the women’s fam­i­lies, and will be fig­ur­ing out why the women went to bathe in the hot spring in such hot weather con­di­tions.

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