Hong Kong Arrests 6 After Boat Collision Leaves at Least 37 Dead

Hong Kong arrested six people and started a criminal investigation after at least 37 people were killed in the city’s worst maritime disaster in four decades.

A boat carrying more than 120 passengers, employees and family members of Power Assets Holdings Ltd. (6)’s Hong Kong Electric Co., collided with a commuter ferry about about 8:20 p.m. yesterday. The boat was heading from Lamma Island, southwest of Hong Kong, to Victoria Harbor for a fireworks display to mark China’s National Day.

More than 350 fire department officers worked through the night to rescue the injured and recover the dead, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said at a press conference late today.

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