Around 36 dead in Hong Kong Ferry collision
According to latest reports, around 36 people feared dead after two ferries collides each other at Hong Kong’s Lamma Island late Monday. Officials said that rescue operations are on.
Further, around 120 passengers and crew members were on the Hong Kong Electric company’s ferry to watch country’s national day fireworks display in Victoria harbour.
Earlier reports said that only 11 people were dead, but now the toll increases to 36. An official said, “Twenty eight were certified dead at the scene while eight others were certified dead upon arrival (at) hospitals.”
Officials said, “Over 100 people were sent to five hospitals during the incident, nine of them have sustained serious injuries or are in critical condition.”
He added, “Rescue action will continue as Fire Service Department (FSD) cannot rule out that there are still people inside the vessel or missing.”
It is said that all the dead and injured were the passengers and member of the Hong Kong Electric vessel.
Meanwhile, rescue team is searching missing people as rescue boats and helicopters spent complete night searching the sea.
The FSD statement said, “The low visibility and many obstacles on board… made it difficult for rescue.”