87 Hurt When High-Speed Ferry Hits Mystery Object

Hong Kong hydrofoil was carrying 107 passengers, 10 crew
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2013 11:28 AM CST
87 Hurt When High-Speed Ferry Hits Mystery Object
A high-speed ferry, Madeira, is docked at a shipyard after hitting an unidentified object in Hong Kong Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.   (Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – A high-speed ferry heading from Hong Kong to Macau hit an unidentified object off an outlying island in the predawn today, leaving 87 people injured, authorities and the ferry company said. The hydrofoil, carrying 107 passengers and 10 crew, struck the object at 1:15am near Hei Ling Chau, a small island in waters on the western side of Hong Kong.

The ferry was towed back to the ferry pier in central Hong Kong and the injured taken to hospital. The Hospital Authority said in a statement that 58 people were discharged while two remained in serious condition and 27 others were stable. The Marine Department said it was investigating the accident. (Read more Hong Kong stories.)

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