A 300-meter-long Iranian container vessel veered from its regular route and crashed into an island near Ap Lei Chau on Sunday night, Apple Daily reports.
The boxship was traveling from Kaohsiung in Taiwan to Shenzhen before the crash.
At around 9 p.m. on Sunday, residents of South Horizons heard a huge bang as the cargo ship ploed into Magazine Island.
A resident surnamed Lau said he had never seen any vessel crashing into the island during his 20 years of stay at South Horizons.
“I don’t understand how they could have crashed into the island,” Lau said. “There is a big beacon and the island is very big.”
Political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu, who resides at South Horizons, also witnessed the incident, saying he found it odd that a ship should get so close to the island.
“It was then when I saw it crash into the island, there were even sparks at the head of the vessel,” he said.
Hong Kong Police Marine and Fire Services arrived at the scene to assist the ship’s crew.
All 28 of the crew were safe, and the case has been handed over to the Marine Department for investigation.
The island was once used by the British Forces Overseas Hong Kong as a gunpowder storage, thus it was named Magazine Island.
The magazine was gradually emptied, and it was named one of the Grade III historic buildings in Hong Kong in January 2010.
The four-hectare island is as big as two soccer fields with an elevation of 20 meters.
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