Two arrested in the mainland over female marine officer’s death

Local | 11 Oct 2021 1:50 pm

Two men were arrested in the mainland earlier, suspected to be the operators who crashed their speedboat into a marine interceptor last month which led to the death of a Hong Kong female marine officer.

Hong Kong and Guangdong have formed an anti-smuggling task force to bust smuggling syndicates run by triads. This came as a result of a high-level meeting in Shenzhen after the tragic death of a young marine police officer, Lam Yuen-yee, who was killed on an anti-smuggling patrol last month.

Superintendent of Organized Crime and Triad Bureau Ho Chun-tung told a press briefing today that mainland authorities have arrested two male suspects, and retrieved the speedboat used by the smugglers during their escape.

He said the two men, aged 31 and 35, were believed to be the operators of the speedboat that crashed into the marine interceptor. They were also said to be smuggling frozen meat during the incident.

However, Ho said it is still unsure whether the two will be handed over to Hong Kong authorities for prosecution.

The mainland operation also saw six others arrested, suspected to be in connection to cross-border smuggling activities.

The late marine police commander Lam was leading a boat to chase smugglers in Tuen Mun waters on September 25. She and three officers fell into the sea after the smuggler’s speedboat crashed into their marine interceptor. The three officers were rescued but Lam went missing. Her body was found along a shoreline two days later.

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