Lamma ferry disaster
A boat owned by Hongkong Electric carrying more than 100 staff workers and their family members collided with a ferry in waters off Lamma Island at about 8.20pm on October 1, 2012. More than 100 passengers on the boat fell into the water. Thirty-nine people were confirmed dead after the accident. This is the deadliest boat accident in Hong Kong in 40 years.
Father who lost two children in Lamma ferry disaster breaks down at inquiry
A father who lost two children in the Lamma ferry disaster broke down as he recounted his horrific experience for the commission of inquiry on Wednesday morning.
Lamma IV passenger Kwok Yin-tang, 37, said he was sitting on the lower-deck level of the vessel, with his wife Wong Yee-yi and their two children, when it was hit by the Lamma ferry Sea Smooth.
Water quickly poured into the boat, said Kwok, a bus driver. Since he did not know how to swim, Kwok handed his three-year-old son Matthew to another passenger.
Kwok said he became separated from his wife, Wong, and their four-year-old daughter, Laura. Wong, who testified after Kwok, said she handed the girl to a crew member.
They lost sight of both children, who were later found dead.
The commission heard a recording of Kwok calling the police, in which shrieks can be heard in the background.
People were heard yelling “the water is flowing in”, and Wong was shouting “oh no… my daughter!”
At that point in the inquiry, Kwok broke down in tears.
The hearing into the October 1 tragedy continues on Wednesday afternoon – its sixth day. Thirty-nine people died in the disaster.