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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Missing life vests strike sad final note

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Last submissions after 50 days dwell on the children's life jackets that never were and the watertight door that never was The commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry tragedy ... Johnny Mok Shiu-luen SC, the department's lawyer, admitted "inadequacy" over officers' failure to fully enforce a 2008 law that required a life jacket for everyone on board ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Ballast made Lamma IV 'sink like Titanic'

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... criticised storage of the boat's life jackets, which he said resembled "somebody's lunch". Armstrong, a commission-appointed expert, said the 8.25 tonnes of lead and seven tonnes ... safety, he outlined 59 suggestions. He said the number of children's life jackets stipulated in 2008 legislation - 5 per cent of the total number permitted on board - was not enough. ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lifebuoys should not be shared, naval architect tells ferry disaster inquiry

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... 1 sea tragedy that Britain and Australia required ships to carry enough life jackets for all passengers. Child-sized vests also had to be provided. A general manager of Hongkong Electric, which ... ferry Sea Smooth. At least 28 of the 39 who died were not wearing life jackets, while four were holding vests in their hands. Armstrong said it was difficult to say when boat staff should ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Open deck on ill-fated ferry 'overcrowded'

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... heard many people became trapped in the enclosed cabin area when they rushed in from the open deck to fetch life jackets, which were not found in the open area. The company presented ... implemented seven immediate improvement measures for its fleet. It circulated Marine Department notices among marine employees and crew members, put on board life jackets for children, broadcast ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV Disaster Inquiry: 'I thought we had enough safety facilities'

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by Thomas Chan

    ... it sank, thought safety measures were adequate even though he knew it was not carrying children's life jackets, he told the commission of inquiry yesterday. "We had lifejackets under ... Day fireworks display, advising coxswains of all vessels to ensure child passengers wore life jackets at all times. At least 32 children were on board the Lamma IV, and eight died ...

  6. 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

    ... to the surface, Tang found himself trapped in the cabin; he could not see his friends. His girlfriend was later found dead. The tilting stopped for a while, Tang said. He put on a life jacket and waited for help. About 30 minutes later he saw lights outside the boat. Removing his life jacket, Tang swam down and managed to escape from the partially submerged vessel. Meanwhile, naval expert Dr ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Survivors of ferry disaster tell inquiry of lifejacket difficulties

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... after hearing the sound, and took three lifejackets. He gave them two and helped his son with the third. He had only managed to put the jacket over his son's head, and his daughter was halfway through putting hers on when he sent the children out of a window opened by a crew member. "The time was so short that it was impossible to put it on," he said, adding the jacket ...

  8. 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

    ... Official figures show at least 28 people who died could not get their hands on life jackets At least 28 out of the 39 victims who died in a sea collision off Lamma Island were not wearing life jackets, while four others were merely holding flotation vests in their hands, a commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday. The conditions of the remaining seven ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth could have stayed to help Lamma IV victims, says expert

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... officials should have been aware, when they inspected the Lamma IV, whether it had enough life jackets and lifebuoys. They should also have checked the vessel against the original design drawings, ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth coxswain: It was safe to not use the radar

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... told him there had been a vessel collision and that the coxswain had ordered passengers to don life jackets. He told the commission yesterday that he had not contacted Lai after the collision ...




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