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VIDEO - 20 yachts sink in a Hong Kong marina

Boating - On Sunday morning, at 2:30 am local time, for a still unknown reason, a fire of a rare violence, broke out in the heart of the Aberdeen Marina, at the level of its "Typhoon Shelter", causing the destruction of 20 yachts (sailboats and motor yachts), and important damages on a dozen other boats.

It seems that the fire, which started on one boat, spread very quickly to its neighbors, without the firemen who came quickly on the spot being able to do much.

Although no casualties were reported - 35 yachtsmen were evacuated from the anchorage - this fire underlines the endemic problems related to typhoon shelters in Hong Kong.

The Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter is located on the edge of Ap Lei Chau, or "Duck Tongue Island", an island connected by a bridge to Hong Kong Island.

It is a traditional fishing area, which is also home to luxury yachts. A few hundred meters away, on the other side of the water, are the renowned yacht clubs Aberdeen Marina Club and Aberdeen Boat Club.

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