Fishing-boat couple's bodies found at sea

Local | Jane Cheung 21 Mar 2019

Two bodies found in mainland waters were believed to be the fishing-boat couple who went missing after their boat collided with an oil tanker near Lamma Island.

Sources said a mainland boat found the bodies yesterday and called mainland marine authorities, who picked up the bodies and contacted the SAR Marine Department.

The Fire Services Department confirmed the discovery of the two bodies but said their identities have yet to be confirmed.

Ho Yuk-kei, 66 and his wife Law So-mui, 62, were reported missing one day after the collision, as their daughter called the police saying her parents could be the missing crewmen from the sunken fishing boat. The daughter said she last saw her parents on March 10, but Ho and Law never returned after they left home for their daily fishing on March 12.

After seeing news about a fishing boat colliding with an oil tanker, she suspected her parents were the missing crewmen, prompting her to make a report to the police.

She told the police that her parents usually sail past the area where the collision took place.

The collision happened 1.8 kilometers outside Hong Kong waters at 8.43am on March 12.

All 13 crew on the oil tanker were safe but the fishing boat sank after the crash.

Three crewmen from the oil ship put down a lifeboat to search for the fishermen but it was in vain.

As the boat quickly sank marine officials could not identify how many people were on it when the crash occurred.

jane.cheung@singtaonewscorp.com

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