HONG KONG (AFP) - Seventy-six people were injured when a Hong Kong ferry crashed into a mooring pillar on Friday, the city's marine department said. Of the injured, nine were in a serious condition and had to be air-lifted to hospital, Patrick Wong, a spokesman for Hong Kong's Marine Department told AFP. "At about 5am this morning, a 29-metre-long (95-foot) ferry carrying 140 passengers crashed into a concrete mooring facility by a typhoon shelter shortly after departing Cheung Chau," Wong said. "The boat did not sink, but some people were hurt." The collision caused "significant casualties onboard", a government statement said.