The body of an off-duty fireman who died trying to save a 15-year-old schoolboy from drowning was found yesterday after an air, land and sea search that lasted two days. Senior fireman Chiu Shun-on, 49, was found on a pebble beach near Tai Long Wan Beach, where he disappeared on Tuesday in heavy surf. Chiu, who was hiking with colleagues, had tried to save a drowning boy on Tai Long Wan but was washed away. The boy, Wong Wing-nam, was washed up dead, while another fireman who dived in made it back to shore. Firemen launched an immediate and extensive search, but only found his body at 9.30am yesterday. Firefighters at the scene recognised Chiu's body by a ring on his hand. They sent the body to the marine station in Sai Kung, where it was identified by his wife and only son, whom authorities have declined to identify. The bereaved relatives went to Tsim Sha Tsui Fire Station, where Chiu had worked for the past nine of his 26 years service as a fireman. There they met Civil Service Secretary Joseph Wong Wing-ping and Acting Director of Fire Services Lam Chun-man. Mr Wong told Chiu's widow and 13-year-old son the Government had not yet decided how to commend Chiu's act of bravery, but reassured them it would do everything possible to help the family. He added that Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen had offered their deepest condolences to the family and saluted Chiu for his brave and selfless act. 'I have told the family that the Government admires Mr Chiu's act of bravery,' Mr Wong said. He also told them officials would guarantee that they would be well taken care of and would not have to worry about their future financially. Mr Lam said a funeral service and a Buddhist ritual would be held on September 7 at the Universal Funeral Parlour in Hunghom, but full arrangements had still to be finalised with the family. He said the family was hoping Chiu could be buried in Gallant Garden, Wo Hop Shek, Fanling. Gallant Garden is for civil servants who die in the line of duty. A spokesman for the civil service said last night the Government would consider their wish. Mr Lam said he had received calls from the public asking for an education fund to be set up for Chiu's son. He said a team would be set up to study what kind of award should be made to the fireman and his colleague who tried to rescue the boy. 'I believe Mr Chiu's act deserves a medal of bravery,' he said. Mr Tsang offered his deepest condolences to Chiu's family. 'Tragically, Mr Chiu lost his life while trying to save that of a young boy in difficulty. One cannot but feel humbled by his courage. He carried the highest virtues of a civil servant and made the ultimate sacrifice,' he said.