City Digest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 June, 2012, 12:00am


11 crew rescued after yacht sinks during race

Members of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club sent out a mayday call and abandoned their 14-metre yacht in the Taiwan Strait early yesterday during a cross-strait race organised by the club. The Tipsy Frenz had been taking on water and sank after the 11-member crew abandoned it in seas of three to four metres. The crew members were rescued by a Manila-bound Hong Kong cargo ship, the Easy Success, at 6.30am, four hours after they sent the mayday call. The club said it had received a mayday call from the skipper at 2.37am and a call confirming the crew had been picked up and no one was injured. The 11 would arrive in Manila today or tomorrow. Three other boats taking part in the Taiwan Strait Race, which started on Friday, were reported to be on course to arrive in Kaohsiung last night or today.

Bill covers distance from road to first floor of flats

Property developers would be required to state clearly the vertical distance between the lowest residential floor and the surface of the nearest street under the Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Bill, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said. She hoped the bill would be passed by the Legislative Council this month.

Higher retirement age 'will hurt young people'

Senior Government Officers Association honorary chairman So Ping-chi cautioned the government on introducing a higher retirement age for civil servants, telling RTHK's City Forum the move would reduce opportunities for young people to join the workforce. Centaline Human Resources Consultants managing director Alexa Chow said those reaching retirement age and wanting to continue to work could be moved into advisory or training roles, freeing up their positions.

Voltage dip traps people in lifts at 21 locations

Firemen rescued people trapped in lifts at 21 locations on Hong Kong Island after a split-second voltage dip at 9.56am. HK Electric said it was investigating the incident.