Hong Kong’s Jumbo floating restaurant sinks at sea

2022-06-21 11:44:20

(CNN) — An iconic Hong Kong floating restaurant has sunk, simply days after it was towed out to sea en path to an unspecified vacation spot.

Jumbo Kingdom, a three-story vessel that was at one time the world’s largest floating restaurant, was towed away by tugboats final Tuesday after almost half a century moored within the metropolis’s southwest waters.

The restaurant’s essential boat was touring to an undisclosed shipyard when it capsized on Saturday after assembly “opposed circumstances” close to the Paracel Islands (often known as the Xisha Islands) within the South China Sea, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Restricted stated in a press release Monday.

The Jumbo Kingdom in Hong Kong, pictured in 2014.

The Jumbo Kingdom in Hong Kong, pictured in 2014.

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The boat sank greater than 1,000 meters (3,280 toes), making salvage work “extraordinarily troublesome,” the assertion stated.

It added that Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises was “very saddened by this accident,” and was working to assemble extra particulars. No crew members had been injured.

The information was met with consternation on-line, with many Twitter customers bemoaning the inelegant finish to one in all Hong Kong’s most acknowledged historic icons. Some posted artwork depicting the restaurant underwater, whereas others shared farewell messages.

Others noticed the sinking ship as a darkly comedian metaphor for Hong Kong’s alleged fortunes, as town — nonetheless largely shut off from the remainder of the world — clings on to pandemic restrictions following a number of years of political turmoil.

The 260-feet lengthy (about 80 meters) restaurant was the primary boat of Jumbo Kingdom, which included an older and smaller sister restaurant boat, a barge for seafood tanks, a kitchen boat, and eight small ferries to move guests from close by piers.

In its golden days, Jumbo Kingdom starred in lots of Hong Kong and worldwide films and hosted visiting luminaries together with Queen Elizabeth II, Jimmy Carter and Tom Cruise.

It was well-known for its lavish Imperial-style façade, plentiful neon lights, large commissioned work within the stairwell and its colourful Chinese language-style motifs — together with a golden throne within the eating corridor.

However because the fishing inhabitants within the island’s southern harbor dwindled, the restaurant group turned much less in style, and had been struggling a deficit since 2013. The Covid-19 pandemic dealt the ultimate blow, with the restaurant closed till additional discover in 2020.

Maggie Hiufu Wong contributed reporting.

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