The Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

A Star Ferry hit a pillar then slammed into the pier on the Tsim Sha Shui side of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on Monday, but there were no injuries among the the 143 people on board.

At about 5pm, a ferry on the Central-Tsim Sha Tsui route was approaching the pier on the Kowloon side when its engine appeared to lose power, Headline Daily reported.

The ferry carrying 136 passengers and seven crew hit a pillar at the pier then slammed into the pier near the Harbour City shopping mall. It hit the pier about 200 meters from where it was trying to dock, below an al fresco dining area of a restaurant. The ferry damaged the wooden barrier on the pier.

The ferry’s captain sounded an alarm repeatedly to warn pedestrians on the shore. No one was injured during the ancident.

A passenger said he heard a big bang when the ferry crashed into the pier and saw some passengers lose their balance and fall. He added that many people were frightened, Apple Daily reported.

The ferry operator quickly dispatched another ferry to tow the problematic vessel to the pier.

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