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27 injured in Macau-Hong Kong ferry collision

Published on Dec 29, 2012 6:01 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Twenty-seven people were injured on Saturday in a collision between a Hong Kong-bound passenger ferry and a buoy in Macau, authorities said.

The ferry crashed into the buoy in Macau's Outer Harbour around 10 minutes after it left the ferry terminal at approximately 12.15 pm local time, Macau Maritime Administration senior technical officer Lam Son told AFP.

All of the injured were taken to a local hospital after the ship was towed back to the terminal, said Mr Lam.

"It was said that the boat went off course, so it crashed into a buoy," he said, adding that the ferry was not speeding and that the visibility was poor at only 0.8 nautical miles.

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