Tuesday, October 27, 2015

PHL consulate still checking if Pinoys among hurt in HK ferry collision

Philippine officials in Hong Kong are still checking with authorities to find out if a Filipino was among the 130 passengers hurt when a ferry returning from Macau collided with an unknown object Sunday night.

In a report aired on “Balitanghali” Monday, GMA News stringer Azon Cañete said there is still no word from the consulate on whether a Filipino has been injured in the accident.

Based on the information she received from Hong Kong authorities, Cañete said 60 men and 70 women were hurt in the ferry’s collision with an unidentified object. Their ages ranged from 6 years old to 86 years old.

According to a Reuters report, the injured were taken to five different hospitals in Hong Kong for treatment, though the nature and extent of injuries were not immediately known.

The report quoted local media group RTHK as saying that the vessel supposedly took in water and lost power after the collision.

Cañete said police have yet to identify the object with which the ferry collided near the island of Lantau.

Despite the accident, ferry operations going to and from Macau are still ongoing, she added. —Xianne Arcangel/KBK, GMA News 

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