Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant—a preferred vacationer attraction that welcomed celebrities and politicians together with Tom Cruise and Queen Elizabeth II—capsized within the South China Sea on Sunday every week after leaving the town for an unannounced vacation spot, the restaurant’s proprietor mentioned.
Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, the restaurant’s mum or dad firm, mentioned in a press release the floating restaurant encountered poor circumstances after passing the Paracel Islands within the South China Sea Saturday, and the vessel started to tip.
Regardless of efforts to rescue the boat, it capsized on Sunday, the corporate mentioned, including no crew members have been injured.
The corporate mentioned it was “very saddened by this accident,” including the water’s depth of greater than 1,000 meters (3,280 ft) made it difficult to avoid wasting the vessel, according to the Related Press.
Greater than 30 million. That’s how many individuals have visited Jumbo Kingdom, which incorporates each the almost 260-foot lengthy Jumbo Floating Restaurant and the neighboring Tai Pak Floating Restaurant.
Jumbo Floating Restaurant shut down through the pandemic and laid off all its employees, in line with AP. The vessel—which had served Cantonese meals to tens of millions of holiday makers for over 40 years—by no means reopened attributable to months of Covid restrictions that sparked monetary woes because the restaurant racked up excessive upkeep prices. Its mum or dad firm, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, struggled to discover a new proprietor. The corporate introduced it could transfer the vessel to a less expensive web site at an undisclosed location, and a towing firm took the boat away final Tuesday. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises is reaching out to the towing firm for extra particulars on the incident, it mentioned in a press release, in line with AP.
The floating restaurant has appeared in a number of movies over time, together with Jackie Chan’s The Protector and Contagion.