Skooter reporting 10/02/12
At least 36 people were killed and injuring dozen others in the deadliest accident to hit the Chinese territory in years when a boat loaded with merrymakers on a long holiday weekend ran into with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong.
On board the boat were utility company workers and their families heading to the famous Victoria Harbor to watch a fireworks display in celebration of China's National Day and mid-autumn festival. That Monday night, the two vessels rammed each other near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island.
As of Tuesday morning, 36 bodies had been recovered, the government said, and due to poor visibility and obstacles on the boat, the search was made difficult. The local outlet RTHK reported some of the dead were children, further details were not given.
Authorities said, about 100 people were rescued and sent to hospitals, and nine had serious or critical injuries and one is seemingly missing.
The boat was half submerged at daybreak with its bow pointing almost straight up. To stabilize the sunken boat and to keep it from sinking further, a barge was tied alongside it.
Seven boats were deployed by Hong Kong fire services, including one to support diving operations, and more than 200 rescue personnel, the government said. In addition there were four rescue boats and a team of divers were sent out from the mainland Chinese province of Guangdong just across the border, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.