A total of 37 people were killed in the ferry crash carrying holiday partygoers off Hong Kong late Monday, police said. 6 people have been arrested by police and are being investigated for endangering the lives of those aboard the ship, according to security minister Lai Tung-kwok.
Associated Press is reporting that three members of the crew from the vessel that sank along with three from the ferry that collided with the vessel were detained in connection with the deaths of 37 people.
Police added that there may be more arrests.
Search and rescue operations recovered more than 100 other people who were involved in the accident near Lamma island, a police spokesman said.
More than 124 persons were involved in this accident, according to AFP.
Those that were rescued were rushed to the hospital, nine of them were seriously injuries, he added.
The accident involved a tugboat and a ferry, with 124 people aboard one of the vessels the city government said in a statement.
A major rescue operation for the missing passengers is continuing said police.
An official with a local power supply company, which rented the ferry for its staff for one-day outing, said 124 people were on the ferry.
Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung told reporters that relevant departments of the city government have made all-out efforts to rescue those who fell into the sea.
The accident occurred during a busy period for passenger travel in Hong Kong, at the end of a long holiday weekend to mark the mid-autumn festival that this year coincides with China’s National Day Oct 1.
Scores of people were thrown into the choppy water and the company vessel sank within minutes, leaving only its bow protruding from the waves.
The ferry limped the short distance to Lamma and disembarked its passengers as it was taking on water.