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Police recover body of missing officer in waters off Lantau

HONG KONG – Police found on Monday the body of a police officer who fell into the sea whe she and her colleagues were going after smugglers in the waters off Sha Chau on Saturday.

The remains of Senior Inspector of Marine Region Lam Yuen-yee were recovered in Yi O, Lantau Island on Monday morning, police said. Three other police officers were injured in the incident and sent to hospital for treatment.

The remains of Senior Inspector of Marine Region Lam Yuen-yee were recovered in Yi O, Lantau Island on Monday morning, police said

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who is currently on a duty visit in the mainland, extended her deepest condolences to Lam's family members.  She also sent her regards to the injured officers and wished them a speedy recovery.

"Maintaining law and order on the front line, the Police have always been committed to their duty to protect the life and property of members of the public and have been fearless in the face of danger, which is admirable,” Lam said in a statement.

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“I and members of the public are profoundly grieved by the tragic loss of Ms Lam when she was on duty. The Civil Service Bureau and the Hong Kong Police Force will make every effort to support her family," she added.

The officers were going after smugglers when their patrol boat overturned after being struck by the other vessel. Rescuers found Lam's colleagues but she remained misisng.

Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung said he was deeply saddened by the death of Senior Inspector Lam and offered his deepest condolences to her family.

"I am deeply grieved to hear of the unfortunate loss of Senior Inspector Lam Yuen-yee when she was on duty. The Security Bureau and the Police will make every effort to support and help the family of the late Ms Lam," Tang said.

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