More than 120 people -some in critical condition- are injured in high speed ferry collision while going from Macau to Hong Kong on Sunday evening, authorities said.
The boat, carrying 163 passengers and 11 crew members, lost power and leaked in water as it hit an “unidentified object” near Lantau Island around 18:50 Hong Kong time.
As of Monday morning, the number of injured is counted as 124, including five people in critical and five others in serious condition. More than 30 of them are still in hospitals, according to the governmental broadcaster RTHK.
A large rescue operation involving air services, marine police and the fire department was held according to local media. The injured aging between six to 83 were taken to seven hospitals in Central Hong Kong as the boat was towed back to the dock.
“Some people sustained injuries to their jaws, arms and legs. Some could not even move. The lights suddenly went out. It was chaotic at first but then the passengers managed to calm down soon. Everyone was bleeding. I was injured on my forehead, arms and legs,” an unnamed passenger told The South China Morning Post.
"It went dark. A lot of people were injured and many were bleeding," another passenger with a bandage on his head told Apple Daily.
Hong Kong has one of the busiest ports on the world and Macau is the only place where gambling is legal in China. This was the fourth accident in two years between the two territories.
87 people were hurt in another accident in November 2013, and dozens of people were injured in two separate ferry collisions that took place last year.
In 2012, 39 people were killed when two ferries crashed, which was Hong Kong’s biggest maritime disaster in decades. On February, captain of one of the vessel was jailed for eight years for manslaughter and endangering people’s safety at sea.
Hong Kong’s maritime safety has been under spotlight since.