25 Dead in Hong Kong Ferry Tragedy

40 survivors have been taken to a hospital

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2012 11:15 AM CDT | Updated Oct 1, 2012 6:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Twenty-five people are dead after a ferry carrying 121 passengers collided with a tug boat and sank south of Hong Kong today, the BBC ports. Rescue crews scrambled to the scene, pulling all but one from the waters off of Lamma Island and taking 40 to a hospital. Lamma is a popular tourist destination, and is especially packed right now because today is China's National Day, and part of Hong Kong's mid-autumn festival.

A survivor supported by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
A survivor supported by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A survivor carried by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
A survivor carried by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A young survivor carried by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
A young survivor carried by rescuers, is taken onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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