Man drowns at Golden Beach in Tuen Mun
A 24-year-old man drowned at Golden Beach in Tuen Mun. He went paddling with a male friend, 24, after he had been drinking alcohol. His friend returned to shore, but the man swam out further on his own. His friend reported the man missing at about 4.30am. A helicopter from the Government Flying Service, and vessels from the Fire Services Department and marine police launched a search. He was found floating unconscious about 10 metres offshore at about 9am. He was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital and declared dead.
Man arrested over theft of power cables
A man was arrested after being chased by firemen who spotted him stealing two rolls of power cables from a Kwun Tong estate. The man, 46, believed to be a drug addict, ran off after taking the 16-kg cables, which were being used for a rescue mattress installed near Cheung On House at Wo Lok Estate, where a 24-year-old man was threatening to jump at 7am. Firemen, packing up the mattress after the suicidal man was taken to safety, saw the man removing the cables at about 9am and gave chase. They finally subdued the man after 50 metres, tying him up to stop him from escaping. Police later arrested the man and took him to United Christian Hospital for an examination.
15 illegal immigrants, visa overstayers detained
Marine police arrested 15 illegal immigrants and visa overstayers from the mainland after intercepting a motorised sampan near waters off Fan Lau Tung Wan on the southwestern tip of Lantau Island. The vessel was spotted shortly after midnight yesterday by anti-illegal immigration marine officers, who gave chase. Two men driving the boat abandoned it and swam towards Fan Lau Kok before disappearing into the hills. The boat ran aground near a boulder beach at the site. Two men and four women on board were found to be to illegal immigrants, while nine other mainland women had overstayed their visas. Police believed they were returning to the mainland. They were detained.