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Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut: police investigate whether man found dead in Hong Kong waters was thrown into sea by storm

The man was floating near Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street waterfront on Tuesday morning

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 10:50am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2018, 10:53pm

The body of a middle-aged man has been found in Hong Kong waters, prompting police to investigate whether he was thrown into the sea when Typhoon Mangkhut hit on Sunday.

The man was floating near the Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street waterfront at about 8.30am on Tuesday. He was found among debris between sampans that were damaged in the storm, a police source said.

Firefighters brought the body to shore. The source said initial information showed the man had been dead for a while.

He said police had not received any reports of anyone falling into the sea from that location when the typhoon hit Hong Kong.

He said officers were investigating whether the man fell into the water somewhere else then drifted to where he was found.

Hong Kong was hit by Typhoon Mangkhut, the most intense storm in its recorded history, on Sunday, when signal No 10 was issued for 10 hours.

It caused a record storm surge, left hundreds of windows smashed and uprooted about 1,500 trees all over the city.

Accident and emergency departments at public hospitals were kept busy with 458 people seeking medical treatment during the storm.

A police spokesman said the man was aged between 50 and 70 and was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt and underpants when he was found. No ID or personal belongings were found.

The spokesman said no obvious injury was found on the body and an investigation found nothing suspicious.

A source said the body was swollen, indicating it had been in the water for a while.

He said officers were checking the records of missing persons in Hong Kong, in an effort to establish the identity of the man.

The body was found when workers from Marine Department were cleaning debris in the water after the departure of the typhoon.