The mystery surrounding Hong Kong’s floating restaurant deepens

The mystery surrounding the “Jumbo,” Hong Kong’s famous floating restaurant, deepened on Friday when its owner sowed confusion that the juggernaut actually sank while being towed last week.

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On June 20, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based investment firm Melco International Development, said the 76-meter-long ex-restaurant capsized near the Paracel Islands the previous day after it began taking on water. weather conditions.

“The water depth at the site exceeded 1,000 meters, making it extremely difficult to carry out salvage operations,” the statement said.

On Thursday evening, the Hong Kong Ministry of the Sea issued a statement saying it learned of the incident from the media and immediately requested a report from the company.

The latter was returned to him on Thursday, and according to the ministry, he claims the restaurant capsized, but “at the moment, the jumbo and the tugboat are still in the waters off the Xisha Islands,” is the Chinese term for the Paracels.

A few hours later, an AFP journalist was contacted by a company spokesman, who clarified that the word “capsized” had always been used, not “sunk”.


The mystery surrounding Hong Kong's floating restaurant deepens

When asked if the boat had sunk, he repeated that the press release referred to “capsized” without giving an explanation as to why he was referring to the depth of the water, which made operations very difficult.

The South China Morning Post reported a similar conversation with a company spokeswoman, in which she insisted the boat “capsized,” not “sunk,” while refusing to say whether it stayed afloat.

The newspaper said it had been told by the Department of the Sea that the company may have breached local regulations if it failed to notify authorities of a sinking within 24 hours.

The owning company had so far not disputed reports reported earlier this week by local and international media that the jumbo had sunk.

AFP has requested an official statement from Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises on the status of the jumbo and what happened.

The company previously said the Jumbo, which has been docked in southern Hong Kong for nearly half a century, was inspected before sailing and received “all the necessary permits” before setting sail last Tuesday.

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