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Ferry and cargo ship collide in Hong Kong, 33 injured

Published on May 22, 2014 1:22 AM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Thirty-three people were injured when two boats collided late Wednesday in Hong Kong, authorities said, the latest accident to hit the city’s busy waterways.  

Authorities said the collision occurred just off the outlying island of Cheung Chau between a mainland Chinese vessel and a high speed ferry.  

“A Macau ferry collided with a vessel from the mainland,” a government spokeswoman told AFP.  “Thirty-one injured are at the pier and two with comparatively more serious injuries have been sent to a hospital in Cheung Chau,” she said of the incident which occurred around 11:00 pm local time (1515 GMT).  

The Macau ferry later arrived at its terminal on Hong Kong Island, a police spokeswoman told AFP, but added that the Chinese vessel, a cargo ship, was still at the scene.  Passenger ferries regularly cover the hour-long distance between Hong Kong and Macau.  

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