Top cop vows to crack down on smugglers after marine officer dies

Local | 27 Sep 2021 2:29 pm

Hong Kong’s top cop on Monday condemned the cold-blooded smugglers who took the life of a female marine officer, stressing that the police force will make the best endeavors to track down the culprit and ramp up crackdowns on smugglers.

Police Commissioner Raymond Siu Chak-yee said the force is saddened to learn about the death of senior inspector Lam Yuen-yee, commander of a police Small Boat Unit.

Siu said Lam was among the four police officers on board the marine interceptor and was thrown into the water after the smuggler’s speedboat slammed into it, causing it to capsize on Saturday while patrolling Sha Chau island in the northwest waters of Hong Kong.

The speedboat then escaped into mainland waters.

The three officers were later rescued by another marine vessel while Lam had gone missing. Her body was found this morning near Tai O.

Siu condemned the actions of the cold-blooded culprits and said the force will ramp up anti-smuggling operations in the future along with mainland authorities.

He also thanked relevant government departments for their help during the search and rescue operation.

Meanwhile, Siu said due to the Hong Kong-mainland border closure, sea smuggling has been on a rise.

From 2017 to 2019, police arrested 32 smugglers on average each year, while 66 people were arrested last year, according to police data.

As of the end of August, police have arrested 46 people in connection to sea smuggling cases.

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