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37 people were killed after two boats collided.

At least 37 people were killed when two ferries collided off the coast of Hong Kong. As the Guardian reports:

One of the ships went down very fast – within 10 minutes of the collision – giving any passengers trapped inside very little time to escape. There were several dozen people in the water to be rescued, police reports said. A number of emergency boats appeared quickly on the scene as two helicopters shone beams over the site. Twenty-eight people were confirmed dead at the scene, as injured and shocked passengers were transported to hospitals on Hong Kong Island.

Officials have promised to launch an inquiry. Below photos from the aftermath of the accident:


A sunken ferry is lifted out of the water after an accident off Hong Kong. At least 36 people died and dozens were injured when the ferry carrying more than 120 people on a company outing collided with another ferry and sank near an island south of Hong Kong on Monday night in one of the city's worst maritime accidents. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)


A boat which sank earlier after colliding with another ferry, is kept stable by tug boats off Hong Kong's Lamma Island. Hong Kong police arrested six crew on Tuesday after a ferry and the company boat carrying more than 120 staff and family celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival collided, killing 37 people as the boat sank. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)


Workers stand on a damaged company boat, which had sunk after colliding with a ferry on Monday, at Hong Kong's Lamma Island. Hong Kong authorities began inspecting the wreckage of the leisure ship on Wednesday amid questions over how a collision with a commuter ferry in relatively calm weather could have killed 38 people in one of the city's worst accidents in recent decades. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)


Relatives of victims in a fatal ferry collision pay their respects by throwing paper money into the waters off Hong Kong. At least 36 people died and dozens were injured when a ferry carrying more than 120 revellers on a company outing collided with another ferry and sank near an island south of Hong Kong on Monday night, in one of the city's worst maritime accidents. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

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