One of the worst maritime disasters in decades claimed at least 37 lives in Hong Kong. The mishap resulted when a ferry crashed into a pleasure boat. The vessel, owned by the Hong Kong Electric company had 120 passengers on board in addition to the crew.
The collision took place near Lamma Island. The passengers on board the vessel had gathered to watch the colorful National Day fireworks at display along the Victoria Harbour on Monday evening. In addition to the 37 passengers who lost their lives, 9 passengers sustained serious injuries and are in critical condition.
Television channels displayed footages of the half-submerged boat at Lamma, the third biggest island, adjacent to one the busiest shipping routes in Hong Kong.
In response to the tragedy, Hong Kong officials initiated an inquiry and arrested nine crew members of the ill fated vessel. On the other hand, the Beijing administration has declared three days of mourning from Thursday.