HK tourist lost after boat sinks

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 January, 1999, 12:00am

A 65-year-old Hong Kong holidaymaker was missing last night after the motorboat in which she was travelling capsized and sank in the Philippines.

Poon Po-chun was among a tour group of eight Hong Kong women and two Philippine guides travelling from Talisay town to a volcanic island in the middle of Lake Taal, just south of Manila, at about 1.30pm.

Fishermen managed to rescue everyone but her when the boat overturned in strong winds and heavy waves. The tour group was taken back to Talisay, 65 km south of Manila.

Talisay police chief Ruel Esparas, who directed the rescue operation, said they were treated for bruises although one woman was said to have remained in St Andrew's Hospital with chest pains.

The rescued women were named as Kwong Wai-hing, Tse Lan-ying, Cheung Sau-tzu, Law Bik-ha, Wong Ying-ling, Yau Wai-Nga and Fu Sheung-lai.

'All their conditions have been reported to be good. I believe they were able to return to their hotel later,' Senior Inspector Esparas said.

The women were on a holiday organised by Kwan Kin Travel Services.

The volcano, which is one of the smallest in the world but one of the most active, is a popular attraction for tourists.

'The boat capsized and all the 10 people on board were thrown into the sea after they were struck by strong sea currents.

'The boat sank minutes later,' Senior Inspector Esparas said.

'The weather then was good with bright sunshine but the incident appeared to have been caused by the currents,' he added.

The Travel Industry Council was arranging last night for family members of the victim to go to the Philippines today.

On August 15, 1997, seven Hong Kong people drowned during a pleasure cruise in Manila Bay.