New Delhi: An iconic floating restaurant in Hong Kong has sunk into the South China Sea, which has been a landmark for nearly 50 years.
As per the media report, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsized roughly a week after towing procedures to an undisclosed location began. Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, the parent firm, said it was “extremely grieved by the occurrence” but that no crew members were hurt.
According to the restaurant owners, the vessel began to tip on Saturday after it came into contact with “adverse conditions.” While sailing through the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, water reportedly began to infiltrate the vessel. Despite the efforts of the towing company in charge of the journey to save the vessel, it was unable to be rescued. “It capsized on Sunday,” the company added.
The large floating restaurant had become a financial burden to shareholders after being closed owing to the coronavirus epidemic since 2020. Over the years, it is estimated that more than 3 billion people have enjoyed its Cantonese food, including Queen Elizabeth II, Hollywood star Tom Cruise, and British entrepreneur Richard Branson. The restaurant has even been featured in various films, including one starring James Bond.
The Covid-19 pandemic, on the other hand, hampered business all over the world. The floating sheep faced the same issue as diners turned away. However, the business’s operator, Melco International Development, said last month that it had not been profitable since 2013 and was losing a lot of money.
As reported by the media, marine engineers had been hired to check the floating restaurant before it was supposed to be dragged away. All relevant approvals have also been obtained, the owners said. The vessel was due to stay at an undisclosed location while it awaited a new operator.