Scuba diving boat sinks after bursting into flames off Hong Kong's Jin Island

15/1/2022 2:41:00 PM

Scuba diving boat sinks after bursting into flames off Hong Kong's Jin Island

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Scuba diving boat sinks after bursting into flames off Hong Kong's Jin Island

A three-storey scuba diving boat sank after catching fire off Hong Kong’s scenic Jin Island in Sai Kung on Saturday afternoon, with 15 people on board rescued. The vessel, which was carrying many scuba tanks, could be seen engulfed in flames and billowing smoke in video clips of the incident circulating online. Several of the tanks exploded in the fire,...

FacebookA three-storey scuba diving boat sank after catching fire off Hong Kong’s scenic Jin Island in Sai Kung on Saturday afternoon, with 15 people on board rescued.The vessel, which was carrying many scuba tanks, could be seen engulfed in flames and billowing smoke in video clips of the incident circulating online. Several of the tanks exploded in the fire, creating a huge mushroom cloud.

Police sources said the force received a report at 4.29pm that a boat was on fire southeast of Jin Island and that marine police were investigating the cause.The vessel’s 15 passengers were rescued by another nearby boat, and were subsequently ferried to the marine police base in Sai Kung.

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Facebook A three-storey scuba diving boat sank after catching fire off Hong Kong’s scenic Jin Island in Sai Kung on Saturday afternoon, with 15 people on board rescued. The vessel, which was carrying many scuba tanks, could be seen engulfed in flames and billowing smoke in video clips of the incident circulating online. The Chinese business hub ranks territories into categories based on how widespread their Covid-19 infections are, with 153 countries including Singapore currently classified as Group A - from which arrivals must spend 21 days in quarantine. Several of the tanks exploded in the fire, creating a huge mushroom cloud. The measure was taken"in order to control the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant”, it said. Police sources said the force received a report at 4. Eight Group A countries - Australia, Canada, France, India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Britain and the United States - are already banned entirely from arriving in Hong Kong.29pm that a boat was on fire southeast of Jin Island and that marine police were investigating the cause. The measure was taken "in order to control the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant," it said.

The vessel’s 15 passengers were rescued by another nearby boat, and were subsequently ferried to the marine police base in Sai Kung. It has reimposed strict social distancing rules, including closing gyms and halting restaurant dining after 6pm, and has said Cathay Pacific might face legal action. The Chinese-ruled city has followed mainland China's policy in adopting a zero-tolerance towards local Covid-19 cases even as much of the world shifts towards living with the coronavirus. The waters around Jin Island, known for its sea caves and natural arches, are popular with scuba divers. In October, a blaze broke out on a 17-metre boat moored off a shipyard at the Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter, and in June, a cargo ship carrying metallic waste burst into flames in Victoria Harbour. Other airlines have dramatically scaled back routes to Hong Kong or begun avoiding it altogether because of the quarantine rules. No one was injured in either fire. Primary schools and kindergartens have also shuttered. This article was first published in South China Morning Post . The suspension was first reported by Bloomberg News this week, citing sources who said it would not apply to diplomats, officials and athletes heading to the Olympics. Fifteen type of venues, including bars and clubs, cinemas, gyms and beauty salons were ordered to close, while dining in restaurants is banned after 6pm.

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