21 Oct '11, 5am

74 injured in Hong Kong ferry crash: Marine Dept

74 injured in Hong Kong ferry crash: Marine Dept

HONG KONG - Seventy-six people were injured when a Hong Kong ferry crashed into a mooring pillar on Friday, the city's marine department said. Of the injured, nine were in a serious condition and had to be air-lifted to hospital, Patrick Wong, a spokesman for Hong Kong's Marine Department told AFP. "At about 5am this morning, a 29-metre-long (95-foot) ferry carrying 140 passengers crashed into a concrete mooring facility by a typhoon shelter shortly after departing Cheung Chau," Wong said. "The boat did not sink, but some people were hurt." The collision caused "significant casualties onboard", a government statement said. The commuter ferry was carrying people from Cheung Chau, a small island off the city's southern coast, to the main Hong Kong island. Wong said an investigation into the accident had been launched, adding that visibility at the time was normal. The cause ...

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