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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV's cut light wires pose questions at inquiry

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Inquiry hears power lines to ferry's masthead and anchor lights were severed, and asks lawyers to find out when the cords were cut The National Day ferry disaster inquiry is investigating when the wires were cut to two lights onboard the Lamma IV. Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC, the counsel for the commission of inquiry, yesterday said wires to a masthead and an anchor light had ...

  2. 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

    ... minutes, he saw for the first time the Sea Smooth's yellow flashing light ahead of the Lamma IV. At that time, the radar indicator showed that the Lamma IV was moving at a speed of 12 knots, ... the tragedy, replied: "Because there was only me on the bow of the vessel. "The track of Sea Smooth was not shown on the radar screen yet. And also, the light from the North West [Lamma] ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Impact 'more likely' to have separated boats

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... sidelights and masthead light of Lamma IV could have been on before the glass bulbs were cracked by sea water. He said only hot tungsten would react with air to form tungsten oxide and the presence of white powder on the filament he examined indicated the light was still hot when the glass bulb broke. But Charles Sussex SC, for Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry and the Sea Smooth crew, asked ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    I turned right, not left, says Sea Smooth coxswain

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

    ... 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 a distance. He said the light, which was on throughout the night, was the reason he saw a "black shadow" - the Lamma IV - approaching his ferry only at a very late stage. In response, ...

  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

    ... regulations that say one method for crewmembers to determine whether a head-on collision was looming was to look at the other ship's navigation lights. But Pryke said they should not rely on the lights alone. "The whole point of the rule of the road is to keep vessels apart. It's not about arguing with each other which rule applies," he said. "In almost every case, ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Ballast made Lamma IV 'sink like Titanic'

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

    ... at an individual. The commission also found light wires on the Lamma IV were cut by the department for its investigation. The inquiry into the collision and sinking with the loss of 39 lives continues ...

  7. 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

    ... there would be damage to the other vessel, and that his priority was to look after his own passengers. "At that time, the light of our cabin was much brighter than outside, and therefore ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Relative 'stunned' at poor translation in ferry inquiry

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

    ... mistranslated whether the navigation light of the Lamma IV had been switched on, confusing the chairman. She was also corrected by some of the lawyers present, according to Tsui. He was also angry about ...

  9. 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

    ... 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 ...

  10. 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

    ... told her to "shut up". Wong guessed the woman was trying to say her baby was injured. Leanders Rebanks, 52, who was at the front of the lower deck, said he saw a strong light ...



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