Man collecting clams on Hong Kong shore swept out to sea by large wave

Victim still missing as massive air and sea search under way

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 July, 2017, 5:43pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 July, 2017, 7:11pm

An air and sea search was under way for a man who went missing in the waters off Hong Kong’s far northeast after being engulfed by a large wave and swept out to sea on Friday

The incident took place at a rocky shore on Po Pin Chau in Sai Kung East Country Park, off Sai Kung Man Yee Road, shortly before 1.30pm, according to a police source.

A large wave about three to four metres tall hit the shore and engulfed the victim
police source

The victim, Wong Pui-kong, 59, is a slope maintenance worker and lives in Tai Po. Wong and three colleagues – two women and a man – climbed down a slope to collect clams and snails in their free time at about 1pm.

“Shortly before 1.30pm, a large wave about three to four metres tall hit the shore and engulfed the victim, who was dragged into the water,” a police source said.

“He was first seen struggling in the water before he was swept out to sea by another wave”

The source said there was no telephone signal on the shore, so his colleagues resorted to shouting for help. Eventually they alerted a man on board a passing vessel; the man called for help.

The source added it was dangerous to climb down the slope and described the location as always windy and subject to large waves.

Police said marine police launches, fireboats and a Government Flying Service helicopter were deployed to search for the man.

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The Fire Services Department said six fire engines and two ambulances were dispatched along with two fireboats and two small boats. Divers were also deployed.

By 6.30pm Friday, the man was still missing and the search was continuing.