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At least 121 injured in Hong Kong-Macau ferry accident

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At least 121 people were injured yesterday when a high-speed ferry travelling from Macau to Hong Kong hit an "unidentified object" in the water, according to authorities. Pictures showed wounded people being stretchered off the boat, some wearing oxygen masks, onto a pier in Hong Kong's central financial district to waiting ambulances.

 

Authorities received a call at around 6:00pm local time warning the ferry carrying 163 passengers and 11 crew had lost power after an accident off Siu A Chau, near the larger island of Lantau. "So far it is understood around 100 people have been injured," a government spokesman said in a statement emailed to AFP. Local media reported a large rescue operation had been mounted involving air services, marine police and the fire department, before the boat was towed back to Hong Kong Island.

 

An AFP reporter on the scene later saw some 20 ambulances waiting near Government Pier as passengers gave statements to police. Passengers were quoted in local reports describing chaos as the boat lost power, leaving wounded people stumbling around in darkness. "It went dark. A lot of people were injured and many were bleeding," one man with a bandage on his head told Apple Daily.

 

The accident happened when the high-speed ferry hit an "unidentified object" in the water, according to the ferry's operator Shun Tak. The authorities later said 51 passengers remained on board, with medics providing first aid to the injured.

 

The safety of Hong Kong's waters was called into question after a fatal 2012 crash in which 39 people were killed when a high-speed ferry collided with a pleasure boat near Lamma Island. A subsequent inquiry found a "litany of errors" contributed to the accident, the city's worst maritime disaster for over 40 years. The tragedy shocked the Asian financial hub, one of the world's busiest ports, which had prided itself on its good safety record. Last June, more than 50 people were injured when a Macau-bound ferry crashed into a seawall off the coast of the gambling enclave.

 

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At least there were no fatalities but the ships captain should have been paying more attention to the water.

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The ship captain should have pay attention of the water.

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at least no death but some of the injury looks painful. Captain need to be more careful.

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probably crashed into submerged bridge-tunnel parts anyway Captain need to be more careful!

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The question remains if the ferries are equipped with sonar/radar equipment to detect hidden objects under the sea ? These instruments seem only to be used when planes go missing. It's not the captain to blame that he couldn't see what's under the sea if they don't have the equipment to do their job. Injuries are better than death, obviously neither is a good experience. Likewise you can't blame an astronaut if a comet hits earth.

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Accidents happen so it's important to learn from them, and be prepared for next time.

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that is a pretty serious accident. hopefully the investigators will investigate this situation and find the cause of this accident.

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