The number of people injured in a ferry crash on Sunday evening has risen to 121, including 14 who are in a serious condition, according to local media reports.

Meanwhile, the damaged ferry, the Horta Jetfoil was towed back to a shipyard in Cheung Sha Wan for inspection.

Injured passengers. Photo: Apple Daily.

The Horta crashed into an “unidentified object” on its way back to Hong Kong from Macau at 6:41pm, reported Apple Daily. The accident happened in waters off Siu A Chau near Lantau Island.

A total of 163 passengers and 11 crew members were on board the high-speed ferry, according to a government press release. Firemen, marine police and ship operator Shun Tak took part in rescue efforts.

Pictures posted on social media showed some passengers lying on the floor under their seats. “Everyone was bleeding, it was chaotic,” a passenger told Ta Kung Pao.

Photo: Tat Tat Chan via Facebook.

Eight people who were seriously injured were airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for treatment. Others were rushed to Queen Mary Hospital, Ruttonjee Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Kwong Wah Hospital.

The Horta Jetfoil. Photo: Apple Daily.

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said that many doctors and nurses who were off duty voluntarily returned to their jobs to help treat the injured. Ko was speaking to reporters after visiting some injured passengers in Eastern Hospital, Ta Kung Pao said.

Maisie Cheng Mei-sze, Director of Marine, vowed a speedy investigation into the accident.

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