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Mourning begins as bodies are recovered from Hong Kong ferry crash

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Relatives of the victims throw paper money Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 as they pay tribute to the ill-fated people aboard a boat that sank near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank on Monday night.

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Workers look at the salvaged Lamma IV boat which sank the previous night.

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Police and rescue officers carry the body of a deceased passenger at the Marine Police Base in Aberdeen.

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A crane on a floating barge operates to lift the Lamma IV, a ferry owned by Hongkong Electric, out of the water off Lamma Island.

By NBC News staff and wire reports — Police on Tuesday arrested six crew members from two boats carrying partygoers that collided, killing at least 37 people in one of Hong Kong's deadliest maritime accidents.

Police Commissioner Tsang Wai-hung said crew members from both boats were detained on suspicion of endangering passengers by operating the craft unsafely, but he provided no other details, The Associated Press reported.

Salvage crews were raising the Lamma IV, which sank after colliding with a ferry Monday as it carried partygoers to a fireworks show celebrating China's national day. A body found aboard the vessel Tuesday afternoon raised the death toll to 37. Read the full story.

See earlier pictures of the ferry disaster on PhotoBlog.

Hong Kong police have arrested six crew members after  a company boat and a ferry carrying more than 120 collided in what is being called Hong Kong's worst maritime disaster in more than 40 years. NBC's Ian Williams reports.  

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