Leaking water pipe forces emergency stop for Cheung Chau ferry

A ferry from Cheung Chau was forced to make an emergency stop at Lamma Island on Sunday.

The ferry, operated by Maris Ferry Service, left Cheung Chau at 5.15pm on Sunday, heading for Aberdeen.

A spokeswoman for Maris Ferry Service said the ferry captain noticed water in the engine room leaking from a pipe used to cool the engines.

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The spokeswoman said the ferry was 15 minutes to Aberdeen so the captain decided to make an emergency stop at Lamma Island due to the number of passengers on board.

"The captain was concerned about passenger safety," she said.

"The ferry was close to Lamma so they let the passengers off first. We sent another vessel to come to take them to Aberdeen."

The spokeswoman said the ferry pipe was fixed and the vessel was inspected by Marine and Police officers before sailing on to Aberdeen.

The vessel is now in Aberdeen awaiting further checks.

Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Images

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