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.
Lamma II sailor recounts part in rescue
A sailor from the Hongkong Electric-owned Lamma II told the commission of inquiry into the Lamma Ferry collision on Tuesday how he helped rescue passengers from the sinking Lamma IV after the deadly sea collision off Lamma Island last year.
Lee Ah-ngau told the commission of inquiry that when the Hongkong Electric launch Lamma IV and the Sea Smooth crashed on October 1, he opened the doors on both sides of Lamma II to allow passengers to throw lifebuoys to people in the sea.
“I then ran to the upper deck to get an emergency ladder to save people,” he said.
Lee said he could not recall how many people he saved, but was told later by marine police that there were 17 injured people on board.
The commission is looking into the cause of the tragedy, evaluating maritime safety and will make recommendations for improvement.