HK police launch search for two suspected smugglers who jumped into sea to escape officers

23-Aug-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

An air, sea and land search was under way on Thursday after two men jumped into the sea from a wooden boat and went missing in waters northwest of Hong Kong while fleeing from a police anti-smuggling operation.

The 30-metre boat was found manoeuvring suspiciously west of Lung Kwu Chau shortly after the marine police operation started at about 10.30pm on Wednesday.

As police approached, the boat accelerated away with officers in pursuit. “During the pursuit, two men jumped into the sea from the wooden boat and went missing,” police said.

Authorities immediately launched a search with the help of a government Flying Service helicopter.

Before daybreak, officers arrested eight men from mainland China, suspected to be in the city illegally, at a beach along Lung Kwu Tan Road in Tuen Mun. The beach is east of Lung Kwu Chau.

As of 1pm on Thursday, a police spokesman said the two men who jumped overboard from the boat were still missing and the search was continuing.

A large quantity of frozen meat was found on the boat, and the spokesman said they were still trying to judge the value of the consignment.

He said police were investigating whether the consignment had been smuggled into the city.

In Hong Kong, importing or exporting unmanifested cargo carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a HK$5 million (US$638,000) fine.

Police said the eight men, aged between 20 and 50, were being held for questioning and had not been charged.


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