Hong-Kong: The port city’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant has capsized in the South China Sea less than a week after it was towed out of the city.
The restaurant experienced “adverse conditions” on Saturday as it passed the Xisha Islands, also known as the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, and water entered the ship and started toppling it, according to Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises.
The company said no one was injured, but efforts to save the ship failed and it capsized on Sunday.
“Because the water depth on site is more than 1,000 meters, it is extremely difficult to carry out salvage operations,” the statement said.
It said the company is “deeply saddened by this accident”.
Standing nearly 80 meters in length, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant has been a Hong Kong landmark for more than four decades, serving Cantonese dishes to more than 3 million diners, including the Queen and Tom Cruise.
The elaborate red-and-gold interior has been used in several films, most recently the 2011 pandemic film Infection, where it was used to film the dinner that unleashed a virus on the world.
It closed in 2020 due to the pandemic and laid off all its staff. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said the restaurant became a financial burden on its shareholders, with millions of Hong Kong dollars spent on inspection and maintenance even though it was not in operation.