Date
19 July 2019
A woman told police her parents (inset) might be aboard the fishing boat that collided with a mainland oil tanker and sank off Lamma Island on Tuesday. Photo: Hong Kong Police Force
A woman told police her parents (inset) might be aboard the fishing boat that collided with a mainland oil tanker and sank off Lamma Island on Tuesday. Photo: Hong Kong Police Force

Elderly couple feared aboard fishing boat hit by oil tanker

Police on Wednesday received a report from a local woman, who said her parents might be aboard the fishing boat that collided with a mainland oil tanker and sank off Lamma Island a day earlier, and asked for help to find them, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

According to the woman, her father surnamed Ho and mother surnamed Lo have been missing since Sunday.

The woman was very worried that her Hong Kong parents could be on the fishing boat that had sunk after the collision.

Her parents are both in their 60s, a police spokesman said.

At around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, a fishing boat was suspected to have collided with the oil tanker, named Tian Yi 5, in an area one to two kilometers off south Lamma, which is reportedly outside Hong Kong’s territorial waters.

The ship only suffered minor damage.

A search and rescue operation was launched soon after the collision, but it was not known how many people were aboard the fishing boat. No victims have been found so far.

Apple Daily, citing one of the missing couple’s family and friends, reported that the couple have been earning their living by catching rabbitfish for more than 30 years.

The couple sailed out to Lema Islands near the Pearl River estuary every day to catch rabbitfish and sold their catch to the wholesale market in Aberdeen, the person said.

But their daughter has not been able to reach them on their mobile phones after she had dinner with them on Sunday.

Police said an investigation into the case is underway. They are asking anyone may have seen the couple to contact the Marine Police Regional Headquarters at 3660 8730.

According to the police, the man and his wife are about 1.6 meters and 1.5 meters tall, weighing about 55 kilograms and 60 kilograms, respectively. Both are of medium build. The man has short black hair while the woman has long, straight black hair.

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