Alstonville woman hurt in Hong Kong ferry crash
AN ALSTONVILLE woman has spoken out about her frightening holiday experience aboard a Hong Kong ferry.
Jane Bravery, who works for Lismore City Council, was aboard a high-speed Shun Tak TurboJet vessel from Hong Kong to Macau on Friday when it crashed into a pier at Macau's Outer Ferry terminal.
Miss Bravery and two other people were injured when the vessel, carrying 291 passengers and 10 staff, ran head-first into the pier.
"My partner, Tony, commented that he thought the boat was going too fast," Miss Bravery said.
"It then seemed to slow a bit, the captain was apparently trying to reverse thrust it, when suddenly it thrust forward instead and hit the concrete wall at the end of the dock.
"There was a loud noise as it hit and lots of screams. I was thrown backwards so fast that I had no time to grab hold of my partner or to try to break my fall.
"I did knock over a woman behind me, but rebounded and struck the back of my head on the corner angle of the metal arm of a seat. I was in a lot of pain."
Miss Bravery said the wharf was "swarming with officials", but the ferry only had superficial damage to the panels and paintwork.
"I was in pain and scared about any damage, having hit my head so hard. I was also overwhelmed by all the attention and struggling with the language barrier," she said.
"I was particularly frightened when the police took my passport and I was lying helpless in the ambulance.
"Tony was fantastic as he dealt with the officials and kept track of the commotion. He was also very reassuring while the ambulance whisked through the streets of Macau with sirens blaring."
Miss Bravery was attended to by paramedics on board the ferry and was transported to hospital for CT scans before being released.
Her medical bills and return trip to Hong Kong were paid for and Miss Bravery will return safe and sound to Australia on Thursday.
Friend Angela McCormick spoke about Miss Bravery's experience.
"She said the ferry service, the hospital and the Hong Kong Government are treating her like a princess," Mrs McCormick said.
"She posted about it on Facebook and we just thought 'Oh my god, not Jane', but she later posted she was fine and enjoying being spoilt."
The Macau Daily Times reported that initial investigations highlighted a mechanical failure as the cause of the crash, which has prompted Shun Tak to re- inspect their vessels.
Hong Kong Marine Department asked the ferry company to deliver a report on the crash and the crashed vessel was held for investigation, according to the Marine and Water Bureau.