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Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsizes at sea

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized within the South China…

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized within the South China Sea lower than per week after it was towed away from town, its dad or mum firm mentioned Monday.

The restaurant encountered “opposed circumstances” on Saturday because it was passing the Xisha Islands, also called the Paracel Islands, within the South China Sea, and water entered the vessel and it started to tip, in keeping with Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Ltd.

The corporate mentioned nobody was injured, however that efforts to save lots of the vessel failed and it capsized on Sunday.

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As a result of the accident occurred in waters greater than 3,000 ft deep, it will likely be “extraordinarily troublesome to hold out salvage works,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.

It mentioned the corporate “may be very saddened by this accident.”

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant, nearly 260 ft in size, had been a landmark in Hong Kong for over 4 many years, serving Cantonese delicacies to over 3 million friends together with Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Cruise.

It closed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and laid off all its employees. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises mentioned the restaurant grew to become a monetary burden to its shareholders, with tens of millions of Hong Kong {dollars} spent on its inspection and upkeep though it was not in operation.

The restaurant was towed away final Tuesday. The corporate mentioned it deliberate to maneuver it to a lower-cost web site the place upkeep might be carried out.

It mentioned that earlier than its departure, the vessel had been totally inspected by marine engineers and hoardings had been put in, and all related approvals had been obtained.

“The corporate is now getting additional particulars of the accident from the towing firm,” the assertion mentioned.