27 injured in Macau-HK ferry collision: authorities
AFPHONG KONG--Twenty-seven people were injured on Saturday in a collision between a Hong Kong-bound passenger ferry and a buoy in Macau, authorities said.
December 31, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
The ferry crashed into the buoy in Macau's Outer Harbour around 10 minutes after it left the ferry terminal at approximately 12:15 p.m. (0415 GMT), Macau Maritime Administration senior technical officer Lam Son told AFP.
All of the injured were taken to a local hospital after the ship was towed back to the terminal, Lam said.
“It was said that the boat went off course, so it crashed into a buoy,” Lam said, adding the ferry was not speeding and that the visibility was poor at only 0.8 nautical miles.
Lam said there were 175 passengers and eight crew members on board the vessel, and that everyone was accounted for. He also said the waterway reopened after 45 minutes and that an investigation into the incident is under way.
A lot of passengers fell out of their seats because they were not wearing safety belts, a ferry passenger surnamed Leung told local television news channel Cable TV.