Four bodies found as mainland fishing boat salvaged

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 December, 1998, 12:00am

Four bodies were found inside a salvaged mainland fishing boat yesterday which sank after a collision with a tanker two weeks ago.

The 32-metre vessel was towed to Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter at about 1am yesterday after a 22-hour salvage operation.

'One of four bodies was found in the wheelhouse and the other three were in the rest room under the wheelhouse,' a Marine Department spokesman said.

Police are still trying to identify the bodies.

A search for the other two missing crew members was continuing last night.

The Luk Fung 28075 sank about 25 metres underwater, three nautical miles west of Po Toi Island, after the collision with the Panamanian tanker Dignity on December 6.

'The Fire Services Department divers went into the water several times, but heavy winds and strong currents prevented them from reaching the sunken boat,' the spokesman said.

Six of the nine-man crew went missing when their 32-metre-long wooden vessel and the tanker collided. The three other crewmen had been picked up by a passing fishing vessel.

The Luk Fung was travelling from Weilingding Island to Lu Feng, Guangdong.

It had entered Hong Kong waters because of heavy winds.