Wed, Oct 03, 2012 - Page 1 News List

Crew members held after 38 die in HK ferry accident

HOLIDAY COLLISION:Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would set up a high-level inquiry into the incident. He also declared three days of mourning

AFP, HONG KONG

The National Day holiday brought thousands of extra visitors to Lamma Island, the third-largest island in the territory.

The Hong Kong Electric vessel was about five minutes into its journey from Lamma to Victoria Harbour when it came into contact with the ferry, operated by the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry company.

Hong Kong Electric is owned by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠), whose son issued a public statement yesterday promising HK$200,000 (US$25,800) to the families of each of the deceased.

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