Tue, October 02, 2012
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36 killed in vessel collision in Hong Kong

2012-10-02 00:49:42 GMT2012-10-02 08:49:42(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Rescuers get close to a partially-submerged vessel after a collision in Hong Kong, south China, Oct. 2, 2012. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

Rescuers work to carry victims to hospitals after two vessels, collided off the Lamma Island to the southwest of the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, south China, Oct. 1, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)

Rescuers approach a partially-submerged boat after two vessels collided in Hong Kong October 1, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Rescuers work to carry victims to hospitals after two vessels, with about 100 people onboard, collided off the Lamma Island to the southwest of the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, south China, Oct. 1, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)

The death toll of a ship collision took place on Monday in Hong Kong rose to 36 as of 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Hong Kong's Information Services Department said in an updated statement.

Twenty eight were confirmed dead at the scene while eight others certified dead upon arrivals at hospitals, the statement said.

More than 100 people were transferred to five hospitals, with nine severely injured, said the statement.

A ferry and a pleasure craft collided off the Lamma Island on the southwest of the Hong Kong Island at about 8:23 p.m. Monday.

25 killed, over 100 injured in vessel collision in Hong Kong

At least 25 people were killed, over 100 were injured after two vessels collided on Monday evening off the Lamma Island on the southwest of the Hong Kong Island, the Hong Kong city government said Tuesday.

The incident occurred at the seafront of the Lamma Island, the third largest island in Hong Kong, at about 8:23 p.m. Monday, when Hong Kong residents were on a public holiday celebrating the mid- autumn festival and China's National Day.

One vessel, which sank quickly after the collision, was carrying over 120 passengers and crew. It was rented by the Hong Kong Electric company for carrying its staff and their family members on an evening cruise to watch a massive fireworks celebrating the National Day at the Victoria Harbour.

The other vessel, which was damaged but did not capsize, was a regular ferry operated by the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry company. It was also carrying dozens of passengers, according to local media.

As at 3 a.m. Tuesday, 123 people has been salvaged, among them 25 were dead, including 17 certified dead at scene and eight others certified dead upon arrival of hospitals, the city government said in a statement released early Tuesday morning. Full story

Two vessels collide in HK; 23 still missing

Two vessels collided on Monday evening off the Lamma Island to the southwest of the Hong Kong Island, and a major rescue was underway, local police said.

The vessel collision occurred at the seafront of the Lamma Island at 8:23 p.m. local time. The accident involved a tug boat and a ferry, which around 120 people were aboard, the city government said in a statement. Full story

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