A man fishing off a North Point pier was stunned when he realised his "catch" was a dead baby.
The man was fishing with other anglers when he spotted an environmentally friendly shopping bag floating off Tong Shui Road Public Pier, about 100 metres off North Point Ferry Pier, at about 5.30pm.
He pulled it up with his rod, and was shocked to discover a baby inside. He called the police.
Officers confirmed it contained a dead infant.
Chief inspector Lam Siu-wah, of Eastern District, said the body was so badly decomposed they could not immediately determine the baby's age, gender or cause of death.
"The body will be handed to a forensic pathologist for an autopsy," he said, adding that the body was naked and intact.
The Eastern district crime squad will work on the case and a multidimensional investigation will be conducted to confirm the baby's identity and what might have been the cause of death.
This was the second abandoned dead baby found in about two weeks. A newborn boy with his umbilical cord still attached was found dumped in a garbage collection site at Sau Fung House in Fung Wah Estate, Chai Wan, by a cleaning worker on April 20. A wound was found on his head. His identity remains unknown.
On May 24 last year, another angler at Kwun Tong Pier snagged the body of an adult man on his hook. The weight of the body broke the fishing line and it disappeared into the water.
Divers from the Fire Services Department recovered the body nearby after a 12-hour search.
It was later confirmed to be that of a missing 65-year-old man from a Kwun Tong public estate. His death was not suspicious.
On May 9, 2011, an angler hooked the body of a 61-year-old man at sea off Quarry Bay Park near Tai Hong Street.
Police found nothing suspicious in the death of the man who lived at nearby Kornhill Garden.