More than 120 people were injured when a high-speed ferry from Macau to Hong Kong crashed into an unidentified object in waters south of Lantau Sunday evening.
The turbojet carrying 163 passengers and 11 crew members hit “something” on the sea at 6.05 pm, causing a huge impact to the vessel and throwing passengers off their seats.
The accident took place as the ferry was near Siu A Chau, the northernmost and the second largest of the Soko Islands, reports say.
There was chaos on board as the vessel lost power after the collision. Passengers screamed as they stumbled around in the dark, with some bearing injuries to their faces and limbs.
According to RTHK, a total of 124 people were injured in the accident.
After being alerted about the incident, authorities quickly launched a rescue operation involving the Marine Department, the Police and the Government Flying Service.
Among the injured, at least 70 were sent to six hospitals in Hong Kong after the passengers were brought to the Central Pier at about 8 pm.
Four passengers who suffered serious injuries were taken to the Eastern Hospital by a helicopter, Apple Daily reported.
According to initial investigations, the ferry had not deviated from its course when the accident happened.
Authorities have now sealed off the vessel as they prepare to conduct further probes. Efforts are being made to ensure that the ferry does not sink due to the damage caused by the accident.
Sunday’s incident was the second maritime accident in Hong Kong in three days.
On Friday, a crane-equipped barge slammed into the Lantau Link’s Kap Shui Mun Bridge. Although no one was injured in that accident, it caused some traffic disruptions.
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