7 crewmembers arrested over Hong Kong boat collision

  • Seven crewmembers have been arrested from the two boats that collided in the waters off Hong Kong’s Lamma Island.

    Those held on suspicion did not "exercise the care required of them by law" and include the captains of a public ferry and a company boat, according to police officials.

    Thirty-eight people, including 5 children, are among the dead after the two vessels collided on Monday evening.

    Twenty-eight bodies were recovered overnight, eight more people died after being taken to hospitals and two more bodies were discovered on Tuesday, according to government officials.

    More than 100 people were injured while the number of people missing remains unknown.

    Dozens of people were thrown into the water after the Lamma IV, carrying employees of Hong Kong Electric and their family members to watch a firework display, collided with the ferry operated by the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry company.

    The Lamma IV half-sank following the accident, deemed as the worst maritime incident in Hong Kong since 1971, when a ferry sank during a typhoon, leaving 88 people dead.

    Hong Kong Electric is owned by Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest man. On Tuesday the company announced it would make a payment of $25,800 to the families of each person killed.