The high-speed passenger ferry Madeira struck an unknown object in Hong Kong near the island of Hei Ling Chau. The hydrofoil was en route to Macau from a western section of Hong Kong with 105 passengers and 10 crew when it struck the object. The Madeira was thrown upwards by them impact throwing passengers from their seats. The ferry was disabled, but had only slight damage. A total of 85 people on board were injured. Some 20 ambulances were on scene when the Madeira was towed to the ferry terminal at Sheung Wan. Forty-six persons were taken to hospital. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. An initial search failed to find the mystery object.
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