Stolen trawler in collision with dredger

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 January, 1994, 12:00am

A DEEP-SEA trawler, stolen from Marine Police detention, collided with a dredger off Repulse Bay early yesterday.

Dredger crew members saw no one on board the 20-metre trawler. None of the 35 crew on the dredger, J. F. J. De Nul, were injured.

The trawler was seen taking in water from the bow after the collision.

The Belgium-owned dredger was on its way to Chek Lap Kok after collecting marine sand off Po Toi for the new airport platform works.

The trawler, detained after an Anti-Smuggling Taskforce operation in Aberdeen on Friday, was discovered stolen from Aberdeen Marine Police base between 3 am and 4 am. It was the first time a vessel under detention had been stolen from the Aberdeen base.

Last Friday, officers stopped a goods van in Shum Wan Road at about 10.30 pm and seized a vessel moored alongside the seawall. Six Hong Kong men aged between 25 and 42 are due to appear in court next month on smuggling charges.

Officers also seized 510 sets of karaoke laser disc players and 240 microphones worth $1.6 million.