3 missing in Hong Kong boat accident

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HONG KONG: Three people were missing after a wooden boat sank in Hong Kong waters Saturday, after a fatal ferry crash last October put the spotlight on the city’s maritime safety.

“There was a wooden boat that sank. There were eight people on the boat, five people are safe . . . three people are missing,” a government spokesman told Agence France-Presse, citing information from the fire department.

The vessel, described by authorities only as “a work boat”, sank in the waters of the Tsing Yi district at around 2:15 p.m. local time, the spokesman said, adding that the fire department had sent boats to search for the missing.

Maritime safety fears were exposed when a collision between a passenger ferry and a pleasure boat carrying around 120 people to watch National Day fireworks claimed 39 lives in October last year. The accident was the city’s worst boating disaster in decades.

AFP

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