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HK, mainland ferry boats collide in Zhuhai waters
2006-06-19 02:58:01 Xinhua English

HONG KONG, June 19 (Xinhua) -- A Hong Kong passenger ferry boat on HK-Macao route collided with a Chinese mainland sight-seeing passenger boat in Zhuhai waters on Monday, no injuries have been reported so far though the mainland boat was seriously damaged.

According to local media, about 140 people on board of the two vessels are safe and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Two sailors fell into water when the accident happened on Monday morning and were rescued by relief teams.

About 80 people were on board of the mainland boat and some of them jumped into the sea waters with life vests and all of them had been rescued by relief workers from over a dozen of vessels.

Passengers on board of the Hong Kong ferry boat, which was slightly injured, returned to Hong Kong on another ferry boat.

The mainland boat, which is seriously damaged, has been sinking into sea waters. Enditem

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