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Hong Kong’s Jumbo floating restaurant, which closed in 2020 but made headlines when it began to sink earlier this year, is now believed to be trapped upside down on a reef.
A Hainan Maritime Security Administration duty officer said Wednesday that the iconic boat was still near the Paracel Islands, also known as the Xisha Islands in China.
“We are still investigating the incident. The vessel capsized and capsized, and became trapped on a reef off Sansha [in Hainan]. As far as I know, this is the latest situation,” he reported. “We cannot say for sure how long the investigation will last. It is conducted in accordance with the laws in force. »
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant first capsized in June due to rough seas while en route to Cambodia after closing in 2020.
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The ship’s owner, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, said the COVID-19 pandemic had devastated tourism in the area, resulting in an accumulated loss of $12.75 million which forced the doors of the restaurant to close.
The duty officer also noted, “There are currently no threats to shipping safety in the area,” while declining to discuss the condition of the Jumbo.
After its opening in 1976, the restaurant had become an emblematic place in the region, drawing tourists to its doors for almost 45 years while offering banquet-style fine Cantonese cuisine.
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It is unclear whether authorities plan to recover the vessel.
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