Body of Hong Kong angler found floating off Cheung Chau beach

The man left Aberdeen on Saturday morning to fish off Green Island; a sampan thought to be his was found washed up on rocks off Sunshine Island

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 January, 2017, 4:05pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 January, 2017, 10:28pm

The body of an angler was found floating in the waters off a Cheung Chau beach on Sunday morning, more than a day after he was reported missing.

It is understood the 52-year-old-man, surnamed Ng, left alone from Tin Wan, Aberdeen on Saturday morning in a blue motorised sampan to go fishing around Green Island.

Ng’s family called the police after he failed to return home by the afternoon and could not be contacted. Marine police,the Fire Services Department and the Government Flying Service initiated a search around the waters of Green Island, but without success.

What was suspected to be Ng’s sampan was found washed up on rocks just off Sunshine Island, east of Lantau, on Sunday morning.

A bit later, a worker at Cheung Chau’s Kwun Yam Beach discovered a floating body about 10 metres from the shore. Ng was confirmed dead after police arrived to retrieve his body.

Police said a preliminary investigation suggested the incident was not suspicious. The cause of death will be determined after an autopsy.

Over Christmas, a 20-year-old student drowned after the inflatable dinghy she and her three friends were taking was overturned by large waves off Shek O.