By Henry Williams.
Almost three months to the day since Hong Kong’s worst ferry accident in decades, there’s been another ferry crash in the area.
Around lunchtime on Saturday, a ferry on its way to Hong Kong crashed into a buoy just minutes after it left Macau’s Outer Harbour. Lam Son, a senior technical officer with the Macau Maritime Administration said:
“It was said that the boat went off course, so it crashed into a buoy,”
“Just by looking at the vessel, it doesn’t seem to have extensive damage, but initial investigations showed that one of its underwater wings had fallen into the sea.”
175 passengers and eight crew members were on board – all were rescued with only one serious injury. 26 people suffered minor injuries.
According to a passenger named Leung, most people on-board were not wearing seat belts (who does?), and as a result went flying when the boat came to a stop.
“Once the collision happened, I thought about the Lamma Island accident, so my wife and I immediately looked for life jackets to put on our son and ourselves,”
Weather in Macau and Hong Kong on Saturday were poor, with visibility of just 0.8 nautical miles at the time of the crash.