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Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsizes at sea

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Jumbo problem: The famous floating restaurant sailed in trouble from Hong Kong last week. Photo / Kin Cheung, AP

One of Hong Kong’s most famous floating restaurants, which has been in Aberdeen Harbor for nearly five decades, has capsized.

The Jumbo floating restaurant, which has served Cantonese cuisine to visiting dignitaries from Queen Elizabeth to Tom Cruise, has encountered problems during its transfer from the port of Hong Kong.

Last night the owners confirmed that the removals crew had encountered ‘adverse’ weather conditions near the Paracel Islands. The 80-meter-long floating restaurant reportedly capsized and sank, challenging all efforts to save it. No one was hurt.

“The water depth at the scene is more than 1,000 meters, making it extremely difficult to carry out salvage work,” they said in a statement.

The owners said they were seeking more information from the towing company but were “very saddened by the incident”.

Opened by Macanese casino magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun, the ship was built in 1976.

The Jumbo floating restaurant was moved from Hong Kong last week.  Photo / Kin Cheung, AP
The Jumbo floating restaurant was moved from Hong Kong last week. Photo / Kin Cheung, AP

The establishment had been a landmark in Hong Kong for decades, appearing in movies and even martial arts video games. The floating restaurant had served 3 million guests, including royalty. It was closed following the 2020 pandemic and found no buyer.

Last week, the vessel was sailing to an undisclosed location across the South China Sea.
The floating restaurant reportedly suffered a net loss of HK$100 million ($20 million).

Jumbo was also in poor condition after two years of mothballing. Earlier this month a 30m galley barge attached to the restaurant sank during a move in Aberdeen Harbour.

The remaining vessels were approved for transport last week, after passing inspections.

– With Associated Press

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