Mainland fisherman dies in Hong Kong after boat capsizes in heavy waves

Three men thrown into the sea by choppy waters near Cheung Chau

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 June, 2017, 2:48pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 June, 2017, 2:49pm

A mainland fisherman died on Thursday after high waves in Hong Kong waters flipped his boat over.

Two other men were thrown from the boat into the sea, but survived.

Shortly after 12.30pm the boat, carrying a Hong Kong man and two mainlanders, was heading towards the mainland from Lamma Island.

As the trio neared Cheung Chau, they were hit by heavy waves and a strong current, which capsized the boat, according to police.

“Three men were thrown into sea in the incident. Two of them were plucked out of the water by passing vessels,” a police spokesman said. “A police officer jumped into the sea from a marine police launch and picked up the third man.”

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One of the mainland men was pulled from the water unconscious, and ferried to an Aberdeen pier.

He was taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, where he was declared dead shortly after 1.15pm.

Police said the other two men were unhurt. Officers were investigating.