Russian seaman's body found

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 5:52pm

The body of a Russian seaman who was among eight dead or missing after last week's collision between a dredger and a container vessel was recovered yesterday.

His body was found in the sea 2km from Siu Mo To, northeast of Chek Lap Kok airport, and was recovered by a Marine Police vessel. One other body was found hours after last Tuesday's collision.

A police spokesman said the Marine Department confirmed the body found yesterday was that of one of the Russian sailors missing from the sunken dredger.

Another Causasian body was found east of Siu Mo To yesterday, but police have not yet confirmed whether it was from the dredger.

Four Russians and two Hong Kong men are still listed as missing after the collision between the Hong Kong-registered dredger and the 13,000-tonne container ship, the Kota Hadiah, near Kap Shui Mun, west of Ma Wan. The crash site is a maritime black spot, with more than 200 vessels passing through each hour.

Six of the 15 crewmen on the A. M. Vella dredger were rescued from a life raft on the night of the collision, while a seventh survived for hours in an air pocket in the wreck before swimming to safety.

The 160-metre, Singapore-registered Kota Hadiah has left the mainland port of Shekou for Singapore. The 23 crew members from the container ship, which was only slightly damaged, were not injured.

Marine Director Tsui Shung-yiu said on Wednesday that preliminary investigations showed there had been a misunderstanding between the two captains before the collision.