HONG KONG Oct 1 A ferry carrying more than 120
passengers sank south of Hong Kong late on Monday after a
collision with a tug boat, a government spokeswoman said.
Seventy-four people had been rescued so far off Lamma
island, an area popular with tourists and expatriates, the
government spokeswoman said.
Survivors were being taken to hospital on Lamma and Hong
Kong island as the night search continued.
The accident occurred over a long holiday weekend in Hong
Kong, which is celebrating the mid-autumn festival as well as
China's National Day on Oct. 1.
Thousands of Hong Kong residents reside in outlying islands
such as Lamma, which lies about three kilometres (two miles) off
the southwest of Hong Kong island.
Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest shipping channels,
although serious accidents are rare.
(Reporting by Tan Ee Lyn and Donny Kwok; Editing by Anne Marie
Roantree and Robert Woodward)