Hong Kong, Oct. 2 (Reuters): At least 37 people died and dozens were injured when a ferry carrying more than 120 revellers on a company outing collided with another ferry and sank near an island south of Hong Kong last night, in one of the city’s worst maritime accidents.
The ferry belonging to the Hong Kong Electric Company, controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, was taking staff and family members to watch fireworks in the city’s Victoria Harbour to celebrate China’s National Day and mid-autumn festival when it hit the other ship and began sinking near Lamma island.
Survivors said they had little time to put on life jackets before the ferry flooded, trapping passengers. “Within 10 minutes, the ship had sunk. We had to wait at least 20 minutes before we were rescued,” said one male survivor, wrapped in a blanket on the shore.
Some survivors said people had to break windows to swim to the surface.“We thought we were going to die. Everyone was trapped inside,” said a middle-aged woman.