36 dead in Hong Kong boat tragedy

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The bow of the Lamma IV boat (L) is seen partially submerged during rescue operations on October 2, 2012 the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry killing over 30 people. (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)

HONG KONG (AP) - The Hong Kong government says 36 bodies have been recovered from a boat packed with holiday revelers that sunk after colliding with a ferry.

The statement says more than 100 people rescued after the vessel sank were sent to hospitals and nine had serious or critical injuries.

The boat was carrying about 120 people when it hit a ferry late Monday near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The ferry had slight damage but was able to return to port.

The government statement released Tuesday morning said people still may be missing and search efforts on the sunken vessel are continuing.

The Associated Press

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