TWO anglers who spent a night stranded on a deserted Chinese island told yesterday how they tried to forget their hunger and thirst as they waited for rescuers. Aberdeen men Po Man-chiu, 28, and Fung Kin-tong, 31, spent 15 hours on remote Dangan Wei Island, 11 nautical miles south of Lamma Island, after their motorised boat ran aground on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Po, a salesman, and Mr Fung, a computer consultant, had set out on a fishing trip, but began drifting to the island from south Lamma when their 90-horsepower engine broke down. Despite a police search, they were found safe and sound by friends and relatives in another speedboat at 7.30 am yesterday. Mr Fung ran 50 metres to the hilltop and used a cigarette lighter to burn a piece of tissue paper after seeing the boat approaching. 'Before they arrived there was another boat passing by but people on board did not stop and help us. 'We'd never worried about our lives because sooner or later people would have discovered us when they passed by,' said Mr Fung. 'The last resort, I thought, would be a rescue by the Government Flying Service helicopter.' The pair used a mobile telephone to seek help from a friend, who in turn sounded the alert to their families. Senior Inspector Rocky Choi Kwok-kee, of Marine South Division, said it was lucky the boat hit the rocks of Dangan Wei Island - otherwise they would have drifted in the South China Sea and possibly to the Philippines. 'We were misled as to the exact location of the distressed boat as we were told they might have run aground somewhere near Repulse Bay,' he said. 'We later widened the search to cover southern and eastern waters. 'The Marine Department's Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre informed their Chinese counterparts about the missing men.' The pair set off for Lamma from the Aberdeen typhoon shelter at 11 am on Tuesday, but nearing the island two hours later, the boat's engine stalled and could not be restarted. Their boat drifted and beached on Dangan Wei Island in Chinese waters just after 4 pm. 'We tried to retrieve the boat but couldn't because the sea was choppy. I almost fell into the water,' said Mr Fung, adding his $30,000 boat sank soon after. He said they had to climb a three-metre cliff in foggy weather before sheltering under a rock. 'It was not until 5.30 pm we realised we would have to stay overnight. Apparently we had given my friend the wrong location. We thought we were near Cheung Chau. 'We kept chatting and later forced ourselves to sleep in order to forget the fact that we were without food and water,' he said.