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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    I sounded the alarm before the crash, Lamma IV coxswain insists

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 12:00am by THOMAS CHAN AND SIMPSON CHEUNG

    ... Latest testimonies on whether whistle was blown and number of life vests on board contradict those given by previous witnesses The coxswain of the ill-fated Lamma IV sounded one short blast on the whistle before the deadly collision off Lamma Island on Oc ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth crashed halfway into Lamma IV: forensic scientist

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... of the Lamma IV was bare with just one seat left secured after the crash. Most of the other seats were dislodged as passengers could have stood on or hung onto them as the ferry sank vertically almost ... without documenting the reason or informing his superior. Chairman Mr Justice Michael Lunn described this as "dysfunctional". The hearing continues today. Sea smooth crashed halfway ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Ferry crew faced conflicting demands from frantic passengers, crash inquiry told

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... approaching about 10 seconds before the crash. He saw the Lamma IV sail away after the collision. "I just thought, you know, 'crazy drivers'. I just thought 'they're making ... with passengers of the Lamma II, which helped in the rescue, due to testify. Crew barraged with conflicting requests after crash, inquiry told ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Radar licence should be compulsory for seafarers: Lawmaker Gary Fan

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... they found a ship was about to crash into them. They could not turn according to the international marine rules," he said. "And that could be dangerous, because unlike cars, ships can ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth’s late turn made in panic: expert

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Naval captain says skipper took fatal turn to the left, and that Lamma IV captain lurched right just seven seconds before crash A late action taken by the coxswain of Sea Smooth was an act ... expert, said it was just seven seconds before the crash. The British maritime expert also said he wanted to amend his first report, to add that Chow, as well as Lai, had failed to keep a proper ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    I turned right, not left, says Sea Smooth coxswain

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... it was a vessel, he pulled the engine to full astern and ruddered hard to starboard - right - to avoid collision, he said. But it was too late. The two ferries crashed into each other in a matter ... cause" of the tragedy, Pryke said. Lamma IV coxswain Chow Chi-wai earlier also said that Lai did not follow the regulation to turn right. Yesterday, Lai said that after the crash, he yelled ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Most victims of Lamma IV not wearing life vests, inquiry told

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... the rescue operation, testified that he declared the collision a level-one multiple-casualty incident 39 minutes after the crash, and upgraded it to level two 20 minutes later. "When we arrived ... its first emergency call at 8.23pm, three minutes after the crash, Yau said. Fireman Wong Tsz-kiu, who was on the first fireboat that arrived at 8.41pm, recalled that a woman was clinging ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Relative 'stunned' at poor translation in ferry inquiry

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... A relative of two victims of the National Day ferry disaster have hit out at the quality of interpreting at the commission of inquiry into the tragedy - which he says could affect its outcome. Ryan Tsui Chi-shing, the younger brother of Tsui Chi-wai and uncle of Tsui Hoi-ying, 10, who both died in the crash along with 37 others, said he was "stunned" by how poor ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Marine Department officers were not alert in Lamma IV checks

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... of the crash was the failure of both vessels' lookout. The hearing into the National Day maritime disaster, which caused 39 deaths, continues today when counsel for Cheoy Lee Shipyards, which ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Ferry disaster inquiry hears of survivor's last seconds with girlfriend

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... the compartments both in front [of] and behind any small compartment less than 10 per cent [of the length]," he said. Girlfriend disappeared just after ferry crash ...




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