Yacht found off Tonga held HK$930m cocaine haul and a body

The stranded yacht was already being tracked by police. Photo: AFP

A yacht that washed up on a deserted tropical island in the South Pacific with a badly decomposed body on board was carrying more than 200kg of cocaine worth up to US$120 million, police said yesterday.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 2:22am

Who said it?

Never has qualification tasted as bitter as this.

France coach Marc Lievremont after his team lost to Tonga in the Rugby World Cup yesterday but still got through to the quarter-finals

It's too early to say we are running out of funding

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The buck stops here

The look is pure Los Angeles, from the bandannas and baggy shorts to the baseball caps and booming ghetto blaster.

8 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Islanders have talent to burn

Tongans may lack the pedigree of their Pacific neighbours but they should be handled with care

Tongans have featured heavily in the history of international sevens, most notably through the efforts of Jonah Lomu and Roy Kinikinilau.

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am


The Crown Prince of Tonga - mambo dancer, military buff and technology whizz - joined a dinner hosted by the gorgeous Sophia Harilela at the Foreign Correspondents' Club this week.

13 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Americans the largest donors of foreign aid

In engaging in a debate about irrelevant TV programming, Tony Mellow (South China Morning Post, September 25) closed his rather antagonistic letter by pointedly accusing all Americans of being at fault in the World Trade Centre bombings.

30 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Revolutionary 'Che' needed to tackle game's powerbase

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara would have been proud of Argentina.

A little-known fact about the Argentine-born Marxist guerilla, who became a legend in Cuba, was that he played rugby in his younger days.

Argentina, who still steadfastly cling to amateurism as in the days of Che, have proudly carried the banner of the lesser-fancied teams at this World Cup.

25 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

SAR fall to Tonga in opener

Hong Kong lost to Tonga in their opening match of the World Championship - but have a chance to gain quick revenge.

Unknown quantity Tonga proved too strong for the SAR in a 57-32 victory yesterday in Auckland, New Zealand.

22 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Character-building debut for inexperienced China

CHINA continued to make slow but steady progress up the steep learning curve of international rugby yesterday, but they go into today's bowl competition still searching for their first victory of the tournament.

Having been walloped 69-0 by Samoa in their opening match on Friday night, the Chinese camp expressed the view that 'things could only get better'.

29 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Reserve troops fill breach for injury-hit HK

Hong Kong's pool platoon, who played a significant role in the territory's progress to the Plate final, were unable to deliver in the crunch game against Tonga.

24 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

More than enough on HK's Plate

The good news for Hong Kong yesterday was that they will after all be playing in the Plate competition. The bad news . . . well, they come up against Tonga - a side they have lost to twice in the last fortnight.

31 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Territory left floundering

LIGHTNING struck twice - and blew the home team's hopes of qualifying for the Cup competition right out of the Hong Kong Stadium yesterday.

The territory, who were relegated to the Bowl competition last year, find themselves in similar circumstances today, despite defeating France who were the top seeds in the preliminary round.

26 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Interests of majority come a poor fourth

I REFER to the recent comments made by the Standard Chartered Bank, reported earlier this week, and Mr David Li's observations suggesting that the current mortgage lending restrictions should be relaxed, reported in the South China Morning Post, on February 16.

18 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

No crowning glory for Tonga king

WE hope King Taufaahau Tupou IV of Tonga, here on an official visit with his consort Queen Halaevau Mata' Aho, is finding post-Rugby Sevens consolation.

30 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

All passports accounted for

I REFER to an article based on the AFP Wire Service report which appeared on July 3, referring to an allegation made by Mr Akilisi Pohiva, People's Representative for Tongatapu, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, that the office of the AuditorGeneral has complained that authorities in Tonga have lost control of a large stock of Tongan passports and that the proceeds therefrom are be

9 Aug 1993 - 12:00am