I took a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Lamma Island just before 7 p.m. last night. When I was at a rooftop party jamming whilst enjoying the scenery an extremely rare ferry crash, involving a boat going the same route, took the lives of at least 36 people who were on a family day out.
Imagine what it must be like to drown at sea. Imagine setting off for a festive occasion and ending up fighting for your life against impossible odds. Presumably some of the dead were injured in the collision and too weak to swim to safety, some were weak swimmers and some were just unlucky.
The captain of the ship that hit them may face charges for failing to stop and offer help, but I'm not sure what the regulation is, and even so, I think it's impossible to know (until the heat of the moment) whether you'd be a hero or whether you'd be a coward.
But incidents like this remind us that all the cliches are true. You never know what's round the corner, so make the most of what you've got.