Two mainlanders who spent eight hours in the sea and almost 48 hours on an uninhabited island after being tossed out of their kayak have thanked the Hong Kong hospital where they are recovering.
The letter from Mo Jiaquan, 24, and Shen Qi, 23, was handed to their doctors at Tseung Kwan O Hospital yesterday.
It says: "[We are] sincerely grateful for your rescue and care. Your responsible and earnest working attitude enabled us to enjoy such family-like love and considerate medical care."
The pair set off from Xichong Bay, East Shenzhen, on Saturday afternoon on a kayaking excursion, which was organised by Mo's company. They were tossed from their boat by big waves and drifted, supported only by their lifejackets, until they scrambled ashore on Chek Chau.
Despite suffering the after- effects of two cold, hungry nights on the rocky island, Mo paddled out alone in another kayak they found on Chek Chau to seek help from passing fishermen.
The pair were rescued by Hong Kong marine police at about 3pm on Monday and taken to hospital, where Shen was placed in intensive care. Both are now in a stable condition.
While the excursion had been organised by Mo's company, Shenzhen Sanweishi Information Company, kayaks and diving gear had been provided by Shenzhen firm Sun Sailing.
Mo's relatives, accompanied by a Ms Wang - the only two-way permit holder in Mo's company - came to Hong Kong as soon as they heard about the accident.
Wang returned to the mainland on Wednesday as her stay had expired, but the relatives are now accompanied by Sun Sailing's general manager Zhao Lixin.
Speaking from Shenzhen yesterday, Wang said the company had asked the Immigration Department for a visa extension, but it would take time. "We have kept in contact with Mo and Shen as best as we can," she said.
Zhao praised the pair for their tenacity and will to live.
"They think the marine police saved them," he said. "This is true, but it was out of a will to live that they clung to hope and finally survived."
Zhao also said he hoped water activity organisations in Shenzhen could learn rules and techniques from those in Hong Kong. "The development of water activities on the mainland is still immature now," he said.
It was not known last night when Mo and Shen would return to Shenzhen. Mo's company said yesterday that it and Sun Sailing would share the treatment costs.