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France searches river for China tycoon after chopper crash

Published on Dec 21, 2013 8:44 PM
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Chinese billionaire Lam Kok (left) and his spouse pose for a photograph on Dec 20, 2013, in front of the Chateau de La Riviere, in La Riviere. Rescue teams scoured the Dordogne river in southwestern France on Saturday after a helicopter carrying a Chinese tea tycoon overflying his newly purchased vineyard went down. -- PHOTO: AFP

BORDEAUX (AFP) - Rescue teams scoured the Dordogne river in southwestern France on Saturday after a helicopter carrying a Chinese tea tycoon overflying his newly purchased vineyard went down.

The body of Mr Lam Kok's 12-year-old son was pulled out of the river late Friday and there was little hope that the businessman, the French winemaker who sold him his chateau and their interpreter could have survived.

On Saturday, four dinghies were scanning the water near the site of the crash as divers went under and police dogs combed the river bank.

Officials from the French gendarmerie - a paramilitary police force - said mangled parts of the chopper's fuselage had been retrieved but said strong currents were complicating the search for the three missing.

 
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