Marine Police Department
I would like to send my highest appreciation to Marine East Division, especially all the policemen of Police Launch 16 and Sergeant 13680.
According to my staff's report, my sailboat had safely anchored on a buoy in Sai Kung Pak Sha Wan and with a caretaker on overnight duty to watch the boat. However, on a monsoon morning around 6 am on March 24, 2012, according to the information of the Hong Kong Observatory, strong north wind attacked Hong Kong suddenly with an average speed of over 50km per hour and the Strong Monsoon Signal was up. Both my two stainless safety buckles became overloaded with metal fatigue and deformation. The sailboat's anchor line was detached from the buoy by the strong wind and current.
My caretaker found out that my boat had drifted to the position on about Latitude 22° 21.505'N and Longitude: 114° 15.660'E. What he could do was to try his best to watch the sailboat's drifting and to ask for help. At the same time he also noticed that a marine police boat No. 16 was on patrol around the above position, and he immediately sent a request signal to the police boat. The police boat eventually towed my sailboat to the Pak Sha Wan Public Pier.
The policemen's immediate action kept my sailboat and caretaker safe and averted a possible horrible accident as well as damage to both my boat and injuries to my staff.
I would like to salute all the policemen and say thank you again to them, especially Sergeant 13680. With their protection, I feel safe in the seas of Hong Kong.
Owner of sailboat
(Editor's Note: The officer mentioned in this letter is SGT Li Chung-wing of MEDIV)
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