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Hong Kong’s iconic floating jumbo restaurant sinks in the South China Sea

Hong Kong's Iconic Floating Jumbo Restaurant Sinks In The South China Sea

No crew member was injured during the incident.

A floating restaurant in Hong Kong, which was an iconic landmark for nearly 50 years, has sunk in the South China Sea.

according to BBC, nearly a week after the process of moving the Jumbo Floating restaurant to an undisclosed location began. The parent company, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, said it was “deeply saddened by the incident”, but added that no crew members were injured.

Restaurant owners reported that the ship began tipping on Saturday after experiencing “adverse conditions”. independent, The water reportedly started entering when it was passing through the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. “Despite the efforts of the towing company responsible for the voyage to save the ship, unfortunately, it capsized on Sunday,” the company said.

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The largely floating restaurant had become a financial burden for shareholders after being closed since 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 3 billion guests are believed to have eaten its Cantonese cuisine over the years, including Queen Elizabeth II, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and British entrepreneur Richard Branson. The restaurant also starred in several films, including a . also includes James Bond Movies.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic dealt a fatal blow to the business as the diners turned away. But operator Melco International Development also said last month that the business had not been profitable since 2013 and was making huge losses.

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According to BBC, Marine engineers were hired to inspect the floating restaurant before it should have been put away. All relevant approvals were also obtained, the owners said. The ship was about to stop at an undisclosed location while it waited for a new operator.

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