31 injured in Hong Kong ferry crash

2013-04-05 21:24
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Hong Kong - Thirty-one people were injured in a collision between a passenger ferry and another vessel off Hong Kong island late on Friday, police said, in the latest accident to hit the city's frenetic waters.

"The ferry crashed with another ship. Right now the injured people have been transported to the dock," a police spokesperson said, adding that 11 of the injured had been admitted to hospital.

The ferry, which was bound for the island of Cheung Chau, reached its destination but police were unable to provide details about the status of the other vessel, thought to be a barge.

Thirty-eight people were killed and scores injured when a ferry collided with a pleasure boat in October, Hong Kong's worst maritime disaster in 40 years which raised questions about safety in one of the world's busiest harbours.

Researchers say that while it remains one of the world's safest ports, increased vessel traffic and risks associated with land reclamation works along the harbour front call for urgent government attention.

A government report into the October collision, which occurred near Lamma Island, is due later this month.

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