France ups search for China billionaire after chopper crash
BORDEAUX (AFP) - French police were on Sunday to step up a search for a Chinese billionaire and a French vintner missing and believed killed when their helicopter crashed into a river in south-west France.
There was little hope of finding alive Mr Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, his interpreter or winemaker James Gregoire after police early on Saturday recovered the body of Mr Lam's 12-year-old son from the back of the wrecked helicopter lying in 7m of water in the Dordogne river.
The four had boarded the helicopter piloted by Mr Gregoire on Friday to make a celebratory tour of a Bordeaux chateau and wine-growing estate that Mr Lam had just bought from the Frenchman.
Mr Lam's wife had pulled out of the flight at the last minute, saying she was "scared of helicopters", said an Agence France-Presse photographer who witnessed its take-off.