Text message sets off overnight emergency search on Tung Chung Bay

A Tung Chung woman set off an emergency search early this morning when she sent a text message saying she wanted to jump into the bay.

A male friend received the text at about 2am and notified police.

A search was begun near the Tung Chung New Ferry Pier involving police, Marine Police, Maritime Rescue and a fireboat, but found no trace of her in the freezing waters.

Rescuers feared she may already have taken her life, HK01 reported.

However, at 4am they learnt the woman had not jumped into the sea and was safe on land.

The case was marked as “a dispute.”

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