Majority of 85 injured in HK ferry incident discharged from hospital
HONG KONG, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A total of 66 injured people in a Hong Kong ferry incident have been discharged from the hospital as of noon on Friday, according to the press release from the ferry's owner Shun Tak company.
Jetfoil "Madeira" departing Hong Kong for Macao at 1:00 a.m. on Friday local time collided with an unidentifiable object near Hei Ling Chau island, and then was towed back to the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan.
A total of 85 on board were injured, including 76 passengers and nine crew members. Among which, 51 are from Hong Kong, 16 from Macao, and 18 from overseas. They have been sent to five hospitals.
The company said that the vessel has just completed its annual check-up and maintenance in October, and has been tugged back to the shipyard for an investigation by Hong Kong Marine Department.
Manager of the company Wong Man-chung said that what the hydrofiol had hit was still unclear. He said that no major damage to the vessel had been found and he believed that the boat was not speeding when the accident occurred.
Till now, the cause of the accident is still unknown. Hong Kong Marine Department is conducting investigation.