HK$7m police boat runs aground

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am

A HK$7 million marine police boat equipped with the latest digital wireless communication system ran aground yesterday after hitting a reef and taking on water.

The patrol craft PL 44 hit the reef off waters near Hau Tsz Kok, to the west of the island at 7.36am, and the pilot steered it on to a beach on Grass Island, or Tap Mun, in Sai Kung, after realising the extent of the damage.

The 14-metre boat was still stranded there last night.

Two vessels from the Fire Services Department and three from the marine police went to the scene. The four people on board were not hurt.

Seven years ago, the same vessel was severely damaged when it crashed in thick fog on a beach at Centre Island, or A Chau, in Tolo Harbour, three months after starting service in the force.

Yesterday's incident happened during low visibility. The Marine Department warned vessels to proceed at safe speeds and exercise extreme caution because of the conditions.