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Crew escape as passenger ferry rams into terminal sea wall

Crew members escape unhurt as mechanical problems prevent vessel from reversing

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 12:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 April, 2014, 6:34am
 

Ten mainland crew members escaped injury when their catamaran slammed into a sea wall in Tsim Sha Tsui and mounted the shore yesterday.

The 42-metre mainland-registered Nansha No 38, a high-speed ferry, was trying to dock at the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal to pick up passengers bound for Panyu when it hit the wall shortly before 8am.

“We were told that due to a mechanical problem, the vessel failed to reverse, kept moving forward and then hit the sea wall,” a police officer said.

The bow of the vessel mounted a concrete barrier, spreading debris across the pavement.

Police closed a section of Gateway Boulevard to traffic before the vessel was towed to a Tsing Yi shipyard.

The bow of the catamaran was slightly damaged, forcing it out of service for repairs and inspection, according to the Marine Department.

A spokeswoman said the department was investigating and the owner of the vessel had been asked to submit a report. She said the operation of the ferry terminal had not been affected.

In 2005, the Nansha No 38 collided with a cargo vessel off Tsing Yi, injuring 104 people.

In a separate incident yesterday, two men were rescued when their 19-metre yacht began taking in water off Lamma Island at about 11.15am.

The yacht had been travelling to Discovery Bay from Aberdeen, the Marine Department said. “One of the crew fell into the sea as the boat was listing in the East Lamma Channel,” a spokeswoman said.

Both men were picked up by a pilot boat and were unhurt. The yacht was towed away and capsized near the Ap Lei Chau shore. The owner must arrange salvage.

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