Date
20 September 2017
Around 70 people are said to have been injured as a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong hit a breakwater near Macau pier. Photo: RTHK
Around 70 people are said to have been injured as a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong hit a breakwater near Macau pier. Photo: RTHK

HK-Macau turbojet crashes into breakwater, 70 injured

A high-speed turbo jet ferry carrying 220 passengers and 13 crew members from Hong Kong crashed into a breakwater in Macau on Friday, injuring around 70 people, RTHK reported.

The injured included 59 Hong Kong residents. Among the injured were also four Koreans, two Thailand travelers and one Japanese tourist, according to the Macau government. Most suffered minor injuries.

The Macau government dispatched four rescue ships to evacuate all passengers and crew members from the vessel. And the injured were sent to a local hospital.

The Macau-bound jetfoil left the Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal in Sheung Wan at about 8.30am.

The vessel hit a concrete breakwater off the main ferry pier in Macau as it approached the harbor at about 9.30am, a spokesperson for Macau’s marine department said.

The Macau government is investigating the accident.

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