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 Sea lower than every week after it was towed away from town, its guardian firm mentioned Monday.

The restaurant encountered “adversarial situations” on Saturday because it was passing the Xisha Islands, often known as the Paracel Islands, within the South China Sea, and water entered the vessel and it started to tip, based on Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Ltd.

The firm mentioned nobody was injured, however that efforts to avoid wasting the vessel failed and it capsized on Sunday.

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Because the accident occurred in waters greater than 3,000 ft deep, will probably be “extraordinarily troublesome to hold out salvage works,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.

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 company together with Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Cruise.

It closed in 2020 as a result of 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 regardless that it was not in operation.

The restaurant was towed away final Tuesday. The firm mentioned it deliberate to maneuver it to a lower-cost website the place upkeep may very well be carried out.

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

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

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