More than 120 injured in Hong Kong high-speed ferry accident

More than 120 injured in Hong Kong high-speed ferry accident

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As many as 124 people were injured when a high-speed ferry travelling to Hong Kong from Macau hit an object in the water, according to local reports.

The ferry, with 174 passengers and crew on board, lost power close to Lantau island and began taking on water.

Marine police boats were sent to rescue the passengers, with local media saying many had injuries to limbs and faces.

Some passengers waited on board to be rescued for several hours last night local time.

The accident happened when the high-speed ferry hit an “unidentified object” in the water, according to the ferry’s operator Shun Tak.

Five patients are in critical condition, eight are in serious condition and 40 are stable, the South China Morning Post reported. Seventy were discharged from hospitals this morning.

In June last year, 70 people were injured when a ferry from Hong Kong hit a breakwater off Macau’s main ferry terminal.

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