Lamma ferry crash

Tears at services for Lamma ferry disaster victims

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 3:14am

Friends and relatives paid their respects yesterday at two church services for victims of the National Day ferry collision off Lamma.

At St John's Cathedral, Central, a funeral service for Nicholas Chi-ho Belshaw, seven, and his mother Wendy Hwie Ie, 44, was held in the morning. Mourners wept as they paid their condolences to Nicholas' nine-year-old sister Emma Belshaw - who survived the crash - and her father, Mike Belshaw.

The mourners included Nicholas' Primary Two school friends from St Stephen's College Preparatory School. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah also attended the service.

In the evening a mass was held for Thomas Koo Man-cheung, 24, at St Anthony's Church, Pok Fu Lam. Koo was an associate engineer at Hongkong Electric. His girlfriend, Chan Wing-yee, also died.

Wreaths were offered by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the University of Hong Kong's engineering department and Hongkong Electric, among others.

"All the good memories of you will stay with me forever," wrote a friend of Koo's, Stephen Mak, in a remembrance book.

Thirty-nine people were killed in the October 1 disaster, the city's worst maritime accident in four decades.