Marine police rescued 20 mainland tourists in two groups who were stranded on an island off Sai Kung in the New Territories at the height of Typhoon Khanun on Sunday.
No one was injured, Apple Daily reports.
The first group, including five men and five women aged between 21 and 57, called the police for help at around 12:30 p.m., saying they had run out of food and water. The group included eight from Shenzhen and two from Hubei province.
They said they camped out on Sharp Island on Saturday, only to find out on Sunday morning that boat and ferry services had been suspended because of the storm.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Northeast Gale warning signal at 8:40 a.m. before lowering it to No. 3 at 7:20 p.m.
They ended up being sent to Sai Kung Pier by means of a kaito ferry service, which was called by the marine police.
One woman of the group said it was the first time she visited Hong Kong and she had no idea that there was no kaito operating during typhoon.
Later at about 6:00 p.m., police got a call from another group of 12 people, who also claimed to have been stranded on the island.
After arriving at the scene, the marine police confirmed 10 people from the mainland were stranded at Hap Mun Bay.
The marine police helped them to call a ferry which took them to the marine police’s Marine East Division in Sai Kung. From there, they were able to call for taxis.
All of the 10 people, aged between 23 and 44, were from Wuhan, Hubei province.
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