Sai Kung in the New Territories where the man's body was found. Photo: Google Maps

The body of a middle-aged foreign man was found in the sea off Sai Kung in the New Territories on Tuesday after typhoon Mangkhut swept across the city.

At 8am, the body of a man, who was wearing a short-sleeved top and underwear, was seen floating and surrounded by debris and damaged boats and sampans in the waters off the Sai Kung Wholesale Fish Market, Oriental Daily reported.

Police and firemen arrived at the scene and firemen bought the body to the shore. After an examination by a paramedic, police said they thought the man had been dead for some time.

Police said he was aged about 50 to 70, was 1.7 meters tall, strongly built and bald. No suicide note or identification was found. Police said they were unsure if the man was thrown into the sea by accident during the typhoon or had been floating for some time.

An investigation is ongoing and police will check the missing person’s list in the city in an effort to find the man’s identity.