What’s safer than traveling on hydrofoil? It’s like skating on the ocean in a hurry. For years, people have traveled from Hong Kong to Macau’s gambling mecca by high-speed craft. In October 2012, two people collided in a fog and lost their lives. Yesterday Madeira (presumably named after the Portuguese archipelago) was involved in an accident near a remote island shortly after leaving Hong Kong.
Whether it hit an unknown object, or simply sucked debris into the engine and its nose dived, is still unknown (and may never know). It had about 105 passengers and 10 crew members on board, and according to the company it was travelling at less than 40 knots and was seriously injured enough to accommodate at least 87 people.
The ferry was towed to the port and the injured were loaded into ambulances. Hospital authorities say two passengers are in critical condition, 27 are hospitalized in stable condition, and 58 have been discharged. 경마사이트
Now, I’m a worried person, and at least that’s what my mother used to say. As a gambler, no matter how well I know it, I still believe in some superstition. The CEO of the World Casino Directory was on his way to an unknown region in Asia and, as far as I can calculate, could have been on the boat. If I didn’t believe in superstition, I’d probably be checking out his progress in Asia at flightaware.com . Believe it or not, you can do that – you watch the dot fly over the ocean. If I was looking at a mole, I would have seen it turn around and return to the United States two and a half hours after the flight, and at least five hours later I would have looked at the mole a few hours earlier and knew he was not in Perry.
I know stalking a plane sounds creepy, but I can’t help it because I believe in superstitions so much that I can’t do it unless it’s like my wife is going home! I’m sure there’s a betting line somewhere where you can bet at departure and landing time. You can’t use it like you’re playing a horse race, putting everything on the line: historical information, reliability, weather, etc. People bet on anything and everything?
TurboJET (owner of Madeira Ferries) has been putting people on the water at around 50 knots since 1999, and is the world’s largest operator of Boeing’s Jetfoil. Their safety record is amazing. They provide a framework for out-of-town travel in the area. The ferry runs 24 hours a day to Macau (travel takes about an hour), and ships leave almost once an hour, and every 15 minutes at quiet times. These fast ships are the only practical way to travel around Macau and are excellent value.
There are direct flights to Taipei Ferry Terminal, which is a 10-minute bus ride to the stunning Macao, such as the Venetian Casino Resort Macao and City of Dreams Casino Macao.
Readers of our blog will be happy to know that as we expand our in-depth coverage of all casinos on the planet, we will soon have even more in-person Asian casino reviews and wonderful pictures of Bernie and Crystal in the Global Casino Directory. And if Sir Richard Branson gets back into the casino business, we may have to create a new section for space casinos!
My condolences to those injured in this unfortunate ferry accident, God bless them and their families, good luck, and a speedy recovery!