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Rescuers search for Hong Kong ferry collision survivors at night

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Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island on Oct. 2, local time. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a tugboat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died.

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At least eight people were reported dead and as many as 20 remained missing after a Hong Kong ferry carrying more than 120 people was hit by another vessel late Monday. 

Police in the Chinese territory said 101 people had been rescued in waters off the Lamma island village of Yung Shue Wan, according to the South China Morning Post.

Hong Kong's Hospital Authority said there were eight deaths as of midnight Monday (12 p.m. ET), and at least 53 people sent to area hospitals, the Wall Street Journal reported. Continue reading.

Vincent Yu / AP

A survivor is carried onto shore after a collision involving two vessels in Hong Kong on Oct. 2, local time.

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