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Chinese billionaire feared dead

Chinese billionaire Lam Kok is feared dead after a helicopter crash in south-west France. Rescue workers and divers have been scouring the area of the crash, which happened in the Dordogne river near Lugon. Kok, his twelve year old son, and the previous owner of a French chateaux Kok had just bought were in the helicopter. Kok and the previous owner, James Gergoire, were flying over the property when the crash occurred.

Chinese billionaire feared dead
Rescue workers and divers look out from a boat during a rescue operation at the site of a helicopter crash in which a Chinese billionaire, his son, and the French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere disappeared, on December 20, 2013, in the Dordogne river near Lugon. The deal which was concluded on December 19 for Chinese billionaire Lam Kok to buy a Bordeaux vineyard, le Château de La Rivière, turned to tragedy today after the helicopter which the billionaire and the vineyard's French former owner James Gregoire were using to fly over the property crashed into the Dordogne river. The French former owner of the vineyard James Gregoire, the new Chinese buyer Lam Kok, and Lam Kok's 12-year-old son are still missing. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Rescue workers and divers arrive at the site of a helicopter crash in which a Chinese billionaire, his son, and the French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere disappeared, on December 20, 2013, in Lugon. The deal which was concluded on December 19 for Chinese billionaire Lam Kok to buy a Bordeaux vineyard, le Château de La Rivière, turned to tragedy today after the helicopter which the billionaire and the vineyard's French former owner James Gregoire were using to fly over the property crashed into the Dordogne river. The French former owner of the vineyard James Gregoire, the new Chinese buyer Lam Kok, and Lam Kok's 12-year-old son are still missing. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Chinese billionaire Lam Kok (R) shakes hands with the French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere, James Gregoire (L) in front of the castle in La Riviere, on December 20, 2013. The deal which was concluded on December 19 for Chinese billionaire Lam Kok to buy a Bordeaux vineyard, le Château de La Rivière, turned to tragedy today after the helicopter which the billionaire and the vineyard's French former owner James Gregoire were using to fly over the property crashed into the Dordogne river. This photograph was taken less than an hour before the crash. The French former owner of the vineyard James Gregoire, the new Chinese buyer Lam Kok, and Lam Kok's 12-year-old son are still missing. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Rescue workers and divers discuss during a rescue operation at the site of a helicopter crash in the Dordogne river in which a Chinese billionaire, his son, and the French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere disappeared, on December 20, 2013, near Lugon. The deal which was concluded on December 19 for Chinese billionaire Lam Kok to buy a Bordeaux vineyard, le Château de La Rivière, turned to tragedy today after the helicopter which the billionaire and the vineyard's French former owner James Gregoire were using to fly over the property crashed into the Dordogne river. The French former owner of the vineyard James Gregoire, the new Chinese buyer Lam Kok, and Lam Kok's 12-year-old son are still missing. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Rescue workers and divers look out from a boat during a rescue operation at the site of a helicopter crash in which a Chinese billionaire, his son, and the French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere disappeared, on December 20, 2013, in the Dordogne river near Lugon. The deal which was concluded on December 19 for Chinese billionaire Lam Kok to buy a Bordeaux vineyard, le Château de La Rivière, turned to tragedy today after the helicopter which the billionaire and the vineyard's French former owner James Gregoire were using to fly over the property crashed into the Dordogne river. The French former owner of the vineyard James Gregoire, the new Chinese buyer Lam Kok, and Lam Kok's 12-year-old son are still missing. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Chinese lawyer of the Kok family, Rnlin Shi, speaks with police officers during a press conference on December 21, 2013 in Libourne, southwestern France, a day after a Chinese billionaire, his 12-year-old son, and a French vineyard owner were killed in a helicopter crash. The bodies of French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere, James Gregoire, and of Chinese billionaire Lam Kok are still missing, and additional human and technical resources, including an advanced sonar, will be made available, said the prosecutor today. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Rescue workers and divers look out from a boat during a rescue operation at the site of a helicopter crash in which a Chinese billionaire, his son, and the French former owner of the Chateau de La Riviere disappeared, on December 20, 2013, in the Dordogne river near Lugon. The deal which was concluded on December 19 for Chinese billionaire Lam Kok to buy a Bordeaux vineyard, le Château de La Rivière, turned to tragedy today after the helicopter which the billionaire and the vineyard's French former owner James Gregoire were using to fly over the property crashed into the Dordogne river. The French former owner of the vineyard James Gregoire, the new Chinese buyer Lam Kok, and Lam Kok's 12-year-old son are still missing. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Journalists (C) and firefighters (R) are pictured along the Dordogne river, on December 21, 2013 in Lugon-et-l'Ile-du-Carnay, southwestern France, as researchs are on the way after a helicopter carrying a Chinese tea tycoon overflying his newly-purchased vineyard went down the day before. The body of Lam Kok's 12-year-old son was pulled out of the river late on December 21 and there was little hope that the businessman, the French winemaker who sold him his chateau and their interpreter could have survived. Four dinghies were scanning the water near the site of the crash as divers went under and police dogs combed the river bank. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Rescue teams scoure the Dordogne river, on December 21, 2013 in Lugon-et-l'Ile-du-Carnay, southwestern France, after a helicopter carrying a Chinese tea tycoon overflying his newly-purchased vineyard went down. The body of 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, an AFP photographer reported. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese billionaire feared dead
Forensic experts works on a wreckage found in the Dordogne river, on December 21, 2013 in Lugon-et-l'Ile-du-Carnay, southwestern France, during searches after a helicopter carrying a Chinese tea tycoon overflying his newly-purchased vineyard went down the day before. The body of Lam Kok's 12-year-old son was pulled out of the river late on December 21 and there was little hope that the businessman, the French winemaker who sold him his chateau and their interpreter could have survived. Four dinghies were scanning the water near the site of the crash as divers went under and police dogs combed the river bank. (AFP/Getty Images)