Contact Us

Cruise Ship Law Blog

SHARE:

27 Passengers Injured In Hong Kong Ferry Collision

December 31, 2012

A maritime accident lawyer may soon be needed after a jetfoil accident caused 27 people to be injured. The incident took place on Saturday, when the jetfoil, which was en route to Hong Kong, hit a signal buoy near Macau’s Outer Harbor. All 183 passengers and crewmembers on the vessel were able to survive the accident without serious injuries, Macau authorities were criticized for the length of time it took to offer aid to the victims.

The cause of the accident is still unknown and all injured passengers have already been discharged from area hospitals after receiving treatment. According to authorities, the ferry boat crashed into the buoy roughly twelve minutes after leaving the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal at 12: 15 p.m. According to some of the vessel’s passengers, many people onboard were not wearing seat belts and were thrown onto the floor when the vessel crashed into the buoy. The incident reminded many of the October tragedy in Lamma Island which claimed the lives of 39 people. The accident, considered one of the worst in Hong Kong History, involved a high-speed ferry colliding with another boat that was out on the water for a company party so passengers could have a view of the firework show on National Day.

Although no one was seriously wounded in last Saturday’s accident, the incident serves as a reminder to all boat operators that maritime safety must be observed. The 27 passengers injured in this weekend’s maritime accident were taken to the CHCSJ hospital to be treated for their wounds. The majority were discharged the same day, but two remained overnight for observation and were subsequently released. The passengers who were not injured were transferred to another ferry.

Victims told the media that rescue teams did not arrive on scene until about 30 minutes after the collision and explained that some of the ferry’s seat belts were not working properly. All vessel operators, regardless of whether the vessel is a ferry boat, cruise ship or tanker, are required to keep passengers and crewmembers safe from harm. Defective seat belts are unacceptable. Because the safety equipment on the jetfoil was not working properly, the ferry’s operators may be held liable for the incident and victims may be able to seek damages for their injuries, pain and suffering with the help of a maritime accident lawyer.

According to an initial investigation of the crash, authorities explained the ferry had gone off course before crashing into the buoy. However, investigators are not sure what caused the vessel to collide with the buoy and are considering the possibility of poor visibility. So far, there is no evidence indicating that the ferry was speeding.

The operator of the ferry boat, TurbotJet, explained that jetfoils occasionally deviate from their course and added that the company would follow up claims by passengers regarding the malfunctioning seat belts.

Photo Credit: macaudailytimes.com

Back to Cruise Ship Law Blog

Our Testimonials

  • Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman

    I would like to thank all of the staff at LMAW, P.A., especially Jason Marguilies and his paralegal Maggie, for their support and hard work during my lawsuit. They were extremely helpful throughout the whole experience.

    - Annette Guzman

    Rating: 5/5 More

Unsafe on the High Seas by Charles Lipcon

Unsafe on the High Seas by Charles Lipcon

The Ultimate Guide to keep you & your family safe while taking a cruise. Just released as eBook for
Kindle or iTunes - just 99c to download!

Unsafe on the High Seas on Kindle Unsafe on the High Seas on Nook Unsafe on the High Seas on iTunes
Cruise Ship Lawyer App

Problem on a cruise?
There's an app for that.

Thousands of passengers are injured on cruise ships every year. Are you prepared? Download our free app.

Cruise Ship Lawyer App for Apple Store Cruise Ship Lawyer App for Google Store

Cruise Line Law Reporter

Sign up to receive future issues of the Cruise Line Law Reporter.

Steps to Take if You are injured on a Ship

Injured while on a cruise ship? Learn what you should and shouldn’t do.

What Every Cruise Ship Passenger Needs to know

Although you are preparing for a vacation, you should be aware of cruising dangers.