Two Dutch killed in China sea collision

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Chinese state media reports two Dutch tourists were killed when a passenger ferry collided with a cargo ship near a southern Chinese city.

Beijing – Two Dutch tourists were killed and nine other people injured when a passenger ferry collided with a cargo ship near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, officials said Friday.

The accident happened at about 8:00 pm (1200 GMT) Thursday night, the passenger ship's Hong Kong-based operator said.

It was the company's first fatal incident, said a spokesman for Chu Kong Passenger Transport.

The high-speed ferry was travelling from Hong Kong to Guangzhou when it collided with a barge near its destination, said the spokesman. The cargo ship slammed into the ferry, he added.

"Regarding what happened at the accident, our company is still checking and therefore we have no further comment at this point," the spokesman said in a statement emailed to AFP.

A conveyor belt attached to the front of the barge pierced the ferry's hull, daily newspaper the South China Morning Post reported.

Seventy-five passengers and nine crew were aboard the ferry at the time of the collision, the company said, adding that the injured had been hospitalised but did not have life threatening wounds.

A hospital spokesman at Panyu Central Hospital said an injured Dutch women reported her husband among the dead, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

The identities of the two people killed have not yet been released.

At least four locals from Guangdong province were among the injured, Xinhua said.

Another injured man, who remained in hospital, has been confirmed to be a Hong Kong resident who suffered severe fractures, Xinhua said, quoting a hospital official.

A provincial maritime affairs bureau statement said all the casualties were from the passenger ship. Nobody on the coal freighter was hurt, Xinhua said.

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