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Workers check on a salvaged boat that sank the previous night after colliding with a ferry near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend sank, killing nearly 40 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Workers check on a salvaged boat that sank the previous night after colliding with a ferry near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend sank, killing nearly 40 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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(AP) The company that owns the ferry involved in one of Hong Kong's deadliest accidents in decades says the vessel passed an inspection just last month.


The general manager of Hong Kong and Kowloon (Ferry) Holdings said Wednesday the inspection of the Sea Smooth indicated no problems. But Nelson Ng offered few details Wednesday about what caused the Monday night collision.


Thirty-eight people on the second boat were killed, and people on both vessels were injured.


The other boat was taking about 120 people to watch fireworks in Victoria Harbor when it collided with the Sea Smooth and partially sank. Police have arrested four crew members from the Sea Smooth and three from the Lamma IV on suspicion of operating their crafts unsafely.


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