UPDATED: Police were spotted visiting people moored in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter this afternoon inquiring after an elderly fishing couple who have been reported missing since an oil tanker collided with a fishing vessel off of Lamma Island yesterday morning.
All 13 crew members from the tanker were safe and accounted for, but none of the crew of the fishing vessel were found, with the search still ongoing. It was not known yesterday how many crew members were on the fishing boat.
Apple Daily reports that a 36-year-old woman surnamed Ho had called the police saying she hadn’t heard from her fishermen parents since the incident.
A police spokesperson confirmed to Coconuts HK that they were looking for a 66-year-old man named Ho Yuk-ki, who is about 1.6 meters tall and of medium build with short black hair, and his 62-year-old wife Law So-mui, who is about 1.5 meters tall, also of medium build, with long straight black hair.
The spokesperson also said that police are treating the missing persons case as potentially related to the tanker collision, but did not confirm that the couple are the people missing from the incident.
Police were reportedly unable to find the couple’s boat at the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter this afternoon, and have urged anyone who may have information about the couple’s whereabouts to contact them.
People who know the missing couple told Ming Pao that both the husband and wife have been fishing since childhood.
The couple reportedly set off to fish at 2am every morning, and returned to their berth at about 11am each day to sell their catch.
Yesterday’s collision took place shortly before 9am, according to police.
Ming Pao reports that the couple have a daughter who lives in Hong Kong, as well as a son who is currently studying in Australia.
This story has been updated to include comments from police.