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Seven arrested in Hong Kong boat crash probe

Hong Kong boat crash
The collision killed 38 people, according to reports Credit: Siu Chiu / Reuters

Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested seven crew members from two boats in a collision that killed 38 holiday revellers, Associated Press reported.

Police Commissioner Tsang Wai-hung said the suspects were detained on suspicion of endangering passengers by operating the craft unsafely.

"We expect further persons to be arrested," he said.

The Monday night crash was Hong Kong's deadliest accident in more than 15 years, and the worst maritime accident in more than 40.

Hong Kong ferry was 'crashed into' by another boat

A deadly boat crash in Hong Kong was caused when one vessel crashed into another, claimed a director of the company whose vessel sunk and left at least 36 passengers dead.

Yuen Sui-See of Hongkong Electric said:

Our ship's license was granted just recently, so this is not an issue about inspection. I hope everyone understands that we were directly crashed into.

This is equivalent to a car colliding straight into you, and when this happens, whether or not the car had undergone inspections earlier, is a completely different issue.

– Yuen Sui-see

Hong Kong boat was on way to fireworks display

Hong Kong
Fireworks over Victoria Harbour marked China's national day Credit: Reuters

Passengers on a ferry that crashed in Hong Kong, leaving at least 36 people dead, were on their way to watch a fireworks display.

The stricken boat had been taking staff from the Hongkong Electric Company and family members to the city's Victoria Harbour to celebrate China's national day and mid-autumn festival.

There were more than 120 passengers aboard the vessel, which hit another ship and began sinking near Lamma island.

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Boat crash survivor thought she was 'going to die'

Survivors of the boat crash in Hong Kong said they had little time to put on life jackets before the vessel flooded.

Within 10 minutes, the ship had sunk. We had to wait at least 20 minutes before we were rescued.

– Male survivor

We thought we were going to die. Everyone was trapped inside.

– Female survivor

The tragedy was the worst to hit Hong Kong since 1996 when more than 40 people died in a fire in a commercial building.

Report: Hong Kong boat crash leaves 36 dead

A collision between a ferry and another boat off Hong Kong has left at least 36 people dead, according to the Associated Press.

More than 100 people were rescued and taken to hospital - including nine who had serious or critical injuries - after the packed vessel hit a ferry.

The boat, which was carrying around 120 people, hit a ferry near Lamma Island. The ferry managed to return to port with minimal damage.

A statement from the Hong Kong Government said people may still be missing and search efforts on the sunken vessel are continuing.

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