At least 37 people have died and dozens were injured following a collision between two ferries near Lamma island, Hong Kong, in one of the city’s worst maritime accidents.
One survivor told Reuters that they had little time to put on life jackets once the accident occurred, “Within 10 minutes, the ship had sunk. We had to wait at least 20 minutes before we were rescued.”
Hong Kong authorities continue to search for survivors, more than 100 people have been sent to hospital so far.
Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying visited survivors of the collision and pledged a thorough investigation into the crash. So far, six crew members from both vessels have been arrested on suspicion of “endangering people’s lives at sea”, according to Security Minister Lai Tung-kwok.
Update #1: CY Leung has announced that Thursday 4th October will be a day of mourning for victims of the Lamma island disaster. 27 people remain in hospital following the accident which so-far has claimed 37 lives.
Update #2: HK reporter William Lo highlights discrepancy between mainland and HK reports on the accident. CY Leung told HK press that though Chinese ships were on standby, they weren’t eventually needed as the local authorities had enough rescue capabilities internally. However, China News Agency is reporting that mainland ships successfully rescued 95 people.