City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 January, 2007, 12:00am

Taiwanese fishermen rescued after boat sinks

Five Taiwanese fishermen were rescued by a Government Flying Service helicopter after their boat sank east of Hong Kong. The men, aged 40 to 62, boarded a raft as the 25-metre vessel sank 70km east of Waglan Island at about 11.35pm on Thursday. They were rescued by a container ship, from which they were airlifted to Eastern Hospital at about 3.30am. One of them was treated for facial injuries but the other four were unhurt.

Knife attack by gang leaves four men injured

Four men aged 48 to 66 were attacked by a gang with knives outside the Sham Shui Po Public Dispensary on Yee Kuk Street at about 8.45pm. They were taken to Caritas Hospital with knife wounds to their limbs and backs. Two were in serious condition and two were stable. Police said the four attackers fled in the direction of Boundary Street. No description was given.

Lands official accused of misconduct granted bail

A senior Lands Department executive, accused by the ICAC of misconduct in public office, appeared in Tuen Mun Court yesterday. Tang Chung-ming, 47, faced one charge in relation to applications for building small houses. Tang pleaded not guilty and was granted bail of HK$5,000. Magistrate Kwok Wai-kin adjourned the case until March 5 for a pre-trial review.

Pedestrian knocked over

A 70-year-old man was knocked unconscious by a van while he was crossing On Sum Street, Sha Tin, at about 1.15pm. He was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in a critical condition. Police said the driver, 34, passed a breath test. No one was arrested.

Gambling den raided

Twenty-two people were arrested and HK$100,000 seized after a tip-off led to a raid on a gambling den in Pat Heung. The 16 men and six women, aged between 22 and 63, were found playing pai kau in a house in Shek Wu Tong village at about 10pm on Thursday.