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JUMBO FLOATING RESTAURANT OF HONG KONG SINKS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 Hong Kong's famous Jumbo Floating restaurant sank in the South China Sea after being towed away from the city, its parent company said Monday.




The floating restaurant was once famed but financially struggling Hong Kong tourist attraction. It capsized on Sunday near the Paracel islands after it "encountered adverse conditions" and began to take on water, Aberdeen restaurant Enterprises announced in a statement.



"The water depth at the scene is over 1,000 meters, making it extremely difficult to carry out salvage works," it added.



The company said no one was injured on its crew members, added that it was "very saddened by the incident."



A marine engineers had been hired to inspect the floating restaurant and install hoardings on the vessel before the trip, and that "all relevant approvals" had been obtained.



The restaurant closed in March 2020, citing the Covid-19 pandemic as the final straw after almost a decade of financial woes.




The restaurant was towed away last Tuesday. The company said it planned to move it to a lower-cost site where maintenance could be carried out.



"The company is now getting further details of the accident from the towing company," the statement said.

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