Woman dies after fall from Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry

PHOTO: South China Morning Post

A woman seen falling into the water from a ferry had been found dead after a sea and air search, Hong Kong police confirmed on Friday morning.

Her body was spotted by crewmen on a vessel and retrieved from 20 metres offshore in Victoria Harbour, near Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, by the Fire Services Department.

"After preliminary investigation, we believe the incident is not suspicious," police said, adding that the cause of death would be determined after an examination of the body.

A sea and air search was carried out on Thursday night after the female passenger was spotted going overboard.

Fire services and marine police launches searched off the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, with a government helicopter also deployed.

The incident took place about 8.20pm. A Star Ferry employee reported to police that a woman was seen falling into the harbour from a Central-bound ferry near the pier in Tsim Sha Tsui.

There were reports that the passenger, dressed in red, suddenly became emotional and jumped overboard.

This article was first published in South China Morning Post.