Missing Hong Kong couple believed to have been on fishing boat that sank after tanker collision

Clifford Lo
Missing Hong Kong couple believed to have been on fishing boat that sank after tanker collision

A Hong Kong couple are believed to have been on board the fishing boat which sank in a collision with a mainland oil tanker near the city’s maritime border on Tuesday.

Their daughter went to Aberdeen police station on Wednesday afternoon to report them missing.

“Initial investigation showed the couple were on board a fishing boat when they left Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter on Monday, and they were expected to return on Tuesday,” a law enforcement source said.

Their daughter sought help from police after the pair did not return home and she lost contact with them.

Officers are investigating whether the couple’s vessel was involved in Tuesday’s incident.

On Wednesday, an air and sea search by local and mainland authorities was continuing. There has been no sign of any survivors.

The collision happened 1.8km outside Hong Kong’s maritime border at about 8.45am on Tuesday, sparking an air and sea operation. The fishing boat reportedly sank quickly after the collision.

Local authorities do not know if it was a Hong Kong boat or how many people had been on board.

None of the 13 crew members on the 97-metre tanker, a mainland Chinese-registered vessel called Tian Yi 5, were injured.

The tanker was heading to Shenzhen from Qingdao at the time of the incident.

Three of the crew boarded the tanker’s lifeboat to search for survivors before emergency crews arrived.

Ten police boats left Hong Kong’s waters and mounted a four-hour search before returning to the city.

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