The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 03, 2012
 

7 crew arrested in Hong Kong sinking after 38 die

 
 

HONG KONG (AP) - Police arrested seven crew members from two boats that collided in Hong Kong waters, killing 38 holiday revelers, but offered no explanation about how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the safest and most regulated waterways in Asia.

The Monday night crash was Hong Kong's deadliest accident in more than 15 years and its worst maritime accident in more than 40. Some relatives of the dead went to the scene off Hong Kong island's south-western coast to toss spirit money in honor of the victims on Tuesday, while others waited at the morgue for news about loved ones.

Police Commissioner Tsang Wai Hung said six people were detained on suspicion of endangering passengers by operating their craft in an unsafe way. Police later announced a seventh arrest.

Mr Tsang said both crews are suspected of having not "exercised the care required of them by law," but he did not elaborate.