AEST 00:00, Tue Oct 2 2012
Thirty-six people have died and dozens are injured after a ferry collided with a boat carrying passengers to see a huge fireworks display in Hong Kong harbour.
Search teams rushed to the scene off Lamma Island at around 8.20pm local time, as the city celebrated China's National Day.
Rescuers in boats and helicopters spent the night scouring the sea around the site of the accident for signs of life. Survivors were taken by boat to Hong Kong island, where a fleet of ambulances whisked them to hospital.
Dive teams searched the sunken boat for survivors. (All images AAP)