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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    I turned right, not left, says Sea Smooth coxswain

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

    ... right to avoid colliding with the Lamma IV, the commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday. Lai Sai-ming's testimony was contrary to evidence previously presented in court that he had wrongly turned left, resulting in the fatal accident. Lai blamed a fog light on Lamma Island for being too bright, hampering his ability to spot approaching vessels from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1163713/i-turned-right-not-left-says-sea-smooth-coxswain
  2. 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

    ... to sail without looking at the radar during fine weather, the commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday. Lai Sai-ming testified that he was not in the habit ... kilometres on the night the Sea Smooth collided with the Lamma IV, causing 39 deaths. But Lai insisted the range was not too short, despite the vessel accelerating to sail at 21 to 23 knots after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1160371/sea-smooth-coxswain-it-was-safe-not-use-radar
  3. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth’s late turn made in panic: expert

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

    ... tragedy that killed 39 people for the third time, after hearing evidence from the coxswains of both vessels involved in the collision. "I think the action taken [by Sea Smooth coxswain Lai Sai-ming] was just so late that it wasn't a practical collision-avoidance action. It was just a last minute panic," he said. Lai earlier said he had made a starboard turn to avoid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1180396/sea-smooths-late-turn-made-panic-expert
  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth pair: We didn't think Lamma IV passengers were overboard

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... at that moment had been chaotic. Lo then saw reefs nearby and asked the coxswain Lai Sai-ming to steer the ship out of their path. As the ship began to tilt, panicked passengers urged Lai to sail back to Yung Shue Wan pier, and the crew acceded to their demands. Before the inquiry, Lo had refused to tell police why the vessel sailed away. None of the three crew members had sat beside Lai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1159290/sea-smooth-pair-we-didnt-think-lamma-iv-passengers-were-overboard
  5. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth turn "absolutely the cause" of ferry disaster: expert

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... depending on the situation. He told the inquiry the ferry company did not require coxswains to get their eyesight and health regularly checked. Sea Smooth captain Lai Sai-ming had his eyes tested in 1997 when he got his Marine Department licence, which is valid until 2023. Lai was involved in three minor accidents from 2008 to 2010. The lack of regular check-ups was widespread ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1145500/sea-smooth-turn-absolutely-cause-ferry-disaster-expert
  6. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma ferry disaster: Hong Kong lacks marine training, says union chief

    Posted Mar 09th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... hours a day, with a one-hour meal break. Shun Tak-China Travel crew worked 11 hours a day, with a 45-minute break. Coxswain of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry vessel Sea Smooth, Lai Sai-ming, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1186583/lamma-ferry-disaster-hong-kong-lacks-marine-training-says-union-chief
  7. 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

    ... probability is that the death toll would have been, or should have been, very much less," he said. Lai Sai-ming, Sea Smooth's coxswain, and three other crew members, said they had nothing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1188658/marine-department-officers-were-not-alert-lamma-iv-checks

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