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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    'I was in a dire situation': Firefighter recalls dramatic rescue inside sinking Lamma ferry

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

    ... men and three boys were found by firemen and police found two women and a man after searching under water for more than 18 hours, the inquiry heard. The Lamma IV collided with the ferry Sea ... and head were already under water. I was in a dire situation," Tam said. He had no choice but to hold the three bodies with one hand and discard his equipment with the other hand, treading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1123245/i-was-dire-situation-firefighter-recalls-dramatic-rescue-inside
  2. 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

    ... more than 10 seconds, the vessel began to sink and the lower part of my body was already immersed in water, and very soon my head was also immersed in water," Tang said. When he got back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1141386/ferry-disaster-inquiry-hears-survivors-last-seconds-girlfriend
  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

    ... are designed to be thrown to people in the water - to be shared. "I have never come across other jurisdictions [in which] buoys could also be life-saving apparatus on board your vessel," he ... because their buckle-type vests had floated over their heads after they jumped into the water. He also had noticed the button on the horn of the Lamma IV was rusty and so it might not have sounded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1139600/lifebuoys-should-not-be-shared-naval-architect-tells-ferry-disaster
  4. 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

    ... the inquiry that the vessel was taking on water and the crew faced conflicting calls to stay behind to rescue people and to sail back to the pier. Armstrong also said that the Marine Department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1140477/sea-smooth-could-have-stayed-help-lamma-iv-victims-says-expert
  5. 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 upper deck of Lamma IV and five from the main deck. Seven were found floating in the water and three were on life rafts. Only the location of one body could not be determined. The department got ... on to a handrail at the starboard side of Lamma IV, with her feet close to the water. At that time, the bow was already listing 90 degrees to the sea. Wong threw a lifebuoy repeatedly and saved her, he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1124998/most-victims-lamma-iv-not-wearing-life-vests-inquiry-told
  6. 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

    ... of a class depends on industry demand and the centre's human resources. It had two instructors who were eligible to teach the radar course and 15 people on the waiting list at the moment, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1128873/radar-licence-should-be-compulsory-seafarers-lawmaker-gary-fan
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1136209/impact-more-likely-have-separated-boats
  8. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Thicker plating may have bought more time before Lamma IV sank: expert

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... was subcontracted to a shipyard in Guangxi . Armstrong estimated that the deck at the stern of the Lamma IV started to go below the water 96 seconds after its collision. It then hit the seabed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1138807/thicker-plating-may-have-bought-more-time-lamma-iv-sank-expert
  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lack of watertight door sank Lamma IV, inquiry told

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung and Clifford Lo

    ... of water into the hull of Lamma IV because the bow of the Sea Smooth had been broken and left inside Lamma IV. Some Lamma IV passengers who testified earlier said they felt the engine restarting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1138163/lack-watertight-door-sank-lamma-iv-inquiry-told
  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

    ... on the lifejackets. Yip Man-fai, 47, said he saw a drainage hole that resembled a manhole on the lower deck burst open and water gush out. He heard a "roar" from passengers, with some asking ... a quick U-turn and running from the scene'," he said. Rebanks said it was difficult to remove the lifejacket from the canvas bag underneath the seat as water flooded into the cabin, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1109310/ferry-crew-faced-conflicting-demands-frantic-passengers-crash-inquiry

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