Angler dies after boat overturns

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 April, 2002, 12:00am

One angler was killed and one missing last night after a sampan overturned off Tin Shui Wai.

The 40-year-old man who died, surnamed Tsang, was in the motorised boat with another man and a 35-year-old woman when it overturned after being hit by a wave off oyster farms in Sheung Pak Nai.

The other man, surnamed Chan, 30, swam ashore and reported the incident to police at 6.15pm.

He told officers that his two companions had disappeared.

Mr Chan said he was swimming towards land after losing sight of the other two when an oyster farmer pulled him aboard his boat and took him ashore.

A helicopter from the Government Flying Service and a team of Fire Services Department divers joined Marine Police officers in the search.

Mr Chan volunteered to go aboard a police launch to help in the hunt.

At about 9pm, Fire Services Department divers found the missing man in the water and took him aboard a launch. He was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital but was dead on arrival.

A government spokesman said late last night that the helicopter search had been called off at 10pm. Police launches and divers from the Fire Services Department were still searching the area for the woman.