At least 25 people were killed, and more than 100 injured after two boats collided on Monday evening local time, off the coast of Lamma Island next to the south-west of Hong Kong Island, the government said Tuesday.
The accident happened at sea Lamma Island, at around 20:33 local time on Monday.
The ship, which sank quickly after collided, reportedly carrying 124 passengers and crew. The ship was chartered by Hong Kong Electric company to bring its staff and their family members in the evening cruise to watch the fireworks in Victoria Harbour.
One ship again, which is not reversed, is routinely ferries operated by the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry. The ship was also carrying dozens of passengers according to local media.
Up at 3:00 am local time on Tuesday, 123 people had been removed from the sea, 25 of them were killed, including 17 people were confirmed dead and eight more in the last breath upon arrival at the hospital.
More than 100 people were injured, including nine people who sustained serious injuries or were in critical condition, were sent to five hospitals, the government said in a statement issued Tuesday morning as reported by Xinhua – which monitored ANTARA in Jakarta.
Relief efforts face difficulties at night due to low visibility and lots of barriers in a sinking ship. As a result, the number of casualties is expected to rise, said Wu Jianzhi, an official at the city’s Fire Department.
Wu added rescue efforts resumed planned because there are still people trapped in the ship or lost.