Date
20 October 2017
Passengers are shown on board the damaged ferry. The high-speed vessel was en route from Macau to Hong Kong when iot collided with a fishing boat during bad weather. Photo: RTHK/Social media
Passengers are shown on board the damaged ferry. The high-speed vessel was en route from Macau to Hong Kong when iot collided with a fishing boat during bad weather. Photo: RTHK/Social media

Govt looking into weekend hydrofoil crash

Marine officials are investigating Saturday’s collision between a high-speed ferry and a fishing boat.

RTHK reports that the hydrofoil, with nearly 300 people on board, was traveling from Macau to Hong Kong during a thunderstorm when the incident occurred late in the night.

“Maybe about 35 minutes after we left Macau, there was heavy rain followed by lightning,” said Anita Wong, one of the passengers interviewed by the public broadcaster.

“All of a sudden there was a big boom. I think it was on the left side of the hydrofoil.”

Wong said she thought the ferry had been damaged by the storm.

One passenger was injured, according to ferry operator Shun Tak.

The incident took place in mainland waters at Ngau Tau, about five kilometers southwest of Lantau.

It was two hours before authorities declared the boat safe enough to continue its journey to Hong Kong.

Social media pictures show most passengers calm after the crash.

But one report said a dispute took place between three elderly men and ferry staff during the delay.

Shun Tak apologised to the passengers.

A manager said the ferry had been on a normal route and weather conditions were bad.

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