China news agency, Hong Kong, October 21 (Reporter Gu Siyu) – Hong Kong, one from Cheung Chau to Central Ferry, 21, early morning collision occurred, causing 76 people were injured, of which three elderly people were seriously injured. Hong Kong Marine Department preliminary investigation revealed that the ferry left the normal flight path into the mooring area, the next survey will pay particular attention to the ferry is involved speeding.
report refers to the Marine Department, At 5 pm the same day, nearly 29 meters long, carrying 140 passengers and four crew members of the high-speed catamaran “Sanfield Nine,” about leaving the Cheung Chau Ferry Pier 5 minutes later, crashed into the shelter of a mooring pier, causing serious damage to the right side of the bow.
injured 76 people on board, including 49 men and 27 women aged between 19-82 years of age. As of the evening, in addition to three elderly people were seriously injured, most of the rest were in stable or has been discharged.
After the incident, the Hong Kong Government Flying Service helicopter were sent five sorties, of which 9 were rushed to hospital. Hong Kong Fire Services Department is dispatched 120 fire and ambulance workers, five fire boats, 18 ambulances and 13 fire engines.
Marine Department said the pier closest to the impact, mooring buoy lights are lit time of the incident, and based on chart below normal manner. It is reported that similar mooring pier at Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter has more than 10, usually do not install the lighting device.
operating flights to Hong Kong New World First Ferry Services Limited (“Ferry”) that seriously injured a 3 per capita for the 70 and 80 years for the elderly, from the same family, the plan to the city play.
elderly family members means that after the accident on board a chaos, no crew to provide assistance and relief.
passengers that accidents come as a surprise, when you feel violent collision. Others said the incident was sleeping on board, was thrown out of seat or on the ground, bleeding injuries. Most artificial bruises or abrasions, seriously injured by sitting up and down the ship channel position, and close to railings and other hard objects.
Ferry apologize and regret for the accident, said the Marine Department will meet to do a full investigation of the cause of the incident, including the operation of ships, driving conditions, surrounding environment and weather conditions, etc., do not rule out any possibility now.
Ferry refers to the use of the ferry accident eight years, the investigation has been towed away, fitted with advanced radar and automatic alarm systems; and ship captain has 10 years experience, familiar with the Central route from Cheung Chau are temporarily suspended.
living in Hong Kong Cheung Chau is the most populous islands, the accident flight direct from Hong Kong Cheung Chau is the only urban routes. (End)
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