Hong Kong’s famous ‘floating restaurant’ sinks in South China Sea
The company said no one was injured, but efforts to save the vessel failed and it capsized on Sunday.
“As the water depth at the scene is more than 1,000 meters, (it is) extremely difficult to carry out rescue work,” he said in a statement.
The company “is very saddened by this accident”.
The nearly 80m-long Jumbo floating restaurant had been a Hong Kong landmark for more than four decades, serving Cantonese cuisine to more than three million diners, including Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Cruise.
It closed in 2020 due to the pandemic and laid off all of its staff. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said the restaurant had become a financial burden on its shareholders, with millions of Hong Kong dollars spent on its inspection and maintenance even though it was not in operation.
The restaurant was towed last Tuesday. The company said it plans to move it to a lower cost site where maintenance can be done.
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He said that before he left, the ship had been thoroughly inspected by marine engineers and hoardings had been installed, and all relevant approvals had been obtained.
“The company is now obtaining further details of the accident from the towing company,” the statement said.