Woman drowns in Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond a day after divorce

Distraught woman drowns in Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond a day after finalizing divorce

Lotus Pond.

Lotus Pond. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A 25-year-old old woman was found to have drowned in an apparent suicide early this morning in Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond, a day after divorcing her husband, reports Apple Daily.

The woman, who policed identified by her surname of Chen (陳), had just finalized the paperwork for a divorce from her former husband yesterday morning. That evening, she went drinking with her friends to try to relieve her depression.

At about 2 a.m. this morning, Chen told her family that she wanted to go out to relax, but she called her friends to say that she was in a bad mood and that she wanted to jump into Lotus Pond. Two colleagues rushed to the scene to try to dissuade her, but after she saw them, she jumped into Lotus Pond in front of them.

Her friends immediately called authorities, and police and firefighters arrived at the scene to search for her. Divers were dispatched to search the murky waters of the pond and, at 3 a.m. this morning, they found Chen's lifeless body floating in the water and rushed her to the shore.

Chen was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment, but at 5 a.m. this morning, she was officially declared dead.