More than 100 injured in Hong Kong ferry accident


More than 100 people were injured when a high-speed ferry ran into an unidentified object in Hong Kong, the government said Monday.

The ferry carrying 163 passengers and 11 crew members was on its way from Macau to Hong Kong Island around 6 pm Sunday (1000 GMT) when it lost power and began taking on water, after running into the object in waters south of Hong Kong’s Lantau island.

The seriously injured were taken to Eastern, Queen Mary and Ruttonjee hospitals, the Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said in a statement.

Some had sustained fractures and injuries to their ribs, jaws, and shoulders, Ko said.

Five patients are in critical condition, eight are in serious condition and 40 are stable, the South China Morning Post reported.

The total number of injured stands at 124, and 70 were discharged on Monday morning.

In June 2014, 70 people were injured when a ferry from Hong Kong slammed into a breakwater off Macau’s main ferry terminal.