In Hong Kong, two (2) passenger ferries collided off Yung Shue Wan on Lamma island on Monday (October 1, 2012) at 8:23PM during a clear night.
The two ferries involved in the collision is a company vessel of Hong Kong Electric that provides electricity to the Lamma Island and that other ferry is a Hong Kong and Kowloon in a regular ferrying schedule.
According to authorities, the Lamma IV, a company vessel of Power Assets Holdings Ltd. was ferrying more than 100 employees with their families to Victoria Harbor to witness the fireworks display which was part of the China’s National Day celebration, when a ferry collided with it. The other ferry is owned and operated by Hong Kong and Kowloon (Ferry) Holdings Ltd.
Lamma IV suffered serious damaged that caused it to submerge few seconds after the collision resulting to the death of more than 30 people including children and injuring the others. The other ferry completed its journey without stopping nor slowing, a decision made by its captain to avoid the sinking.
Six (6) crew members of the two vessels were arrested by authorities.
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