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Lamma ferry disaster

Lamma ferry disaster

Thirty-nine people were killed when a boat owned by Hongkong Electric collided with a ferry off Lamma Island on October 1, 2012. The power firm was taking staff to see the National Day fireworks display in Victoria Harbour when disaster struck, plunging more than 100 people into the dark waters. It was the deadliest boat accident in Hong Kong in 40 years.

Hong Kong must heed the lessons of Lamma ferry disaster

Hong Kong must heed the lessons of Lamma ferry disaster

The Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 people on National Day two years ago may seem like a memory now. But for those who lost their loved ones in the accident, the grief and pain linger on.

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015, 6:54am 1 comment

Families of Lamma ferry disaster victims protest skippers' 'lenient' sentences

Lai Sai-Ming (left) is escorted from court. Photo: David Wong

One of the two skippers held responsible for the Lamma ferry tragedy was sentenced by a High Court judge to eight years in jail and the other to nine months.

17 Feb 2015 - 11:11am 4 comments

Lamma ferry disaster captain jailed for eight years over collision that left 39 Hong Kong partygoers dead

Sea smooth captain Lai Sai-ming was jailed for eight years. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry’s Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai-ming was jailed this afternoon for eight years for manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea in the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 passengers.

Mr Justice Brian Keith also sentenced Hongkong Electric’s Lamma IV captain Chow Chi-wai to jail for nine months for endangering the safety of others at sea.

16 Feb 2015 - 5:30pm 16 comments

Verdicts a boost to claims by victims and relatives

James To Kun-sun says a strong case against the captains does not necessarily mean a strong case against the companies.

For the dozens of victims and relatives seeking redress, Saturday's verdicts come as strong proof of negligence in favour of their claims in the courts, a lawmaker assisting them said.

15 Feb 2015 - 4:04am 1 comment

'I am no longer angry, but I miss my son': a mother's grief after Lamma sea tragedy

Bereaved family members tearfully perform rituals for their lost loved ones aboard a ship off Lamma Island where the disaster happened in October, 2012. Photo: Sam Tsang

How anger gave way to an aching sense of loss for Irene Cheng, whose son died in the ferry disaster.

15 Feb 2015 - 3:57am 1 comment

Low wages and long hours holding back sea safety, Hong Kong ferry operator says

Police inspect the badly damaged Lamma IV ferry following the disastrous collision off Lamma Island in 2012. Photo: David Wong

Several measures have been put in place to ensure safer navigation in Hong Kong waters after the 2012 sea tragedy that claimed 39 lives, ferry operators told the Post.

15 Feb 2015 - 4:00am 1 comment

Hong Kong ferry skipper convicted of 39 counts of manslaughter for deadly Lamma crash

Sea Smooth captain Lai Sai-ming (left) and Lamma IV captain Chow Chi-wai (right). Photos: Edward Wong

After almost four days of deliberation a High Court jury returned to find Lai Sai-ming - captain of the Sea Smooth ferry - guilty of 39 counts of manslaughter.

15 Feb 2015 - 12:32pm

Decision to prosecute marine officials over Lamma ferry disaster ‘due by end of month’

Sea Smooth, the ferry that collided with Hongkong Electrics' Lamma IV off Lamma Island in which 39 people were killed. Photo: Nora Tam

The Department of Justice will make a decision by the end of the month on whether to prosecute Marine Department officials implicated in the Lamma ferry tragedy.

12 Feb 2015 - 1:28pm

Lamma ferry disaster jury retires to deliberate verdict on 39 counts of manslaughter

The Hongkong Electric ferry after the accident. Photo: Sam Tsang

A jury will continue today to deliberate charges against the two captains involved in one of the city's worst sea tragedies that left 39 people dead.

12 Feb 2015 - 5:15pm

Lamma ferry trial judge: jury to rule on evidence, not sympathy for victims

The damaged Lamma IV after the accident. Photo: EPA

Sympathy for the 39 victims of the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster should have no influence on the jury’s decision when it decides whether to convict two skippers accused of manslaughter, the judge said on Monday.

10 Feb 2015 - 12:21am

Hong Kong prosecutor says skippers 'grossly negligent' in Lamma ferry tragedy

Prosecutor Andrew Bruce SC (left) gave a four-hour summary of his case against Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV captain Chow Chi-wai (centre), and Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry's Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai-ming (right). Photos: David Wong, Sam Tsang

Two skippers were "grossly negligent" in the National Day 2012 ferry tragedy that killed 39 passengers, a prosecutor told a High Court jury.

5 Feb 2015 - 5:09am

Lamma ferry tragedy: trial spotlight falls on fog light

The Lamma IV sinks following the crash on October 1, 2012

A bright fog light on the breakwater of a typhoon shelter can obscure skippers' vision as they approach the main pier on Lamma Island, a master mariner told the High Court on Tuesday, where the two captains involved in the Lamma ferry disaster are standing trial for manslaughter.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:57pm

Lamma IV turned faster as crash with Sea Smooth neared, ex-Nato consultant tells court

Defence witness Dr Rafal Goralski (inset) backed up his testimony, made in support of Lamma IV skipper Chow Chi-wai, using a 3D simulation programme he developed. Photos: Sam Tsang, Linkedin

The ill-fated Hongkong Electric ferry Lamma IV turned right and sped up seconds before colliding with a catamaran on National Day in 2012, a former Nato project consultant told the High Court.

22 Jan 2015 - 4:27am

Sea Smooth crew did nothing constructive, witness to Lamma Island ferry crash tells court

Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV sinks into the waters off Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, on October 1, 2012. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Crew on board the catamaran that safely returned to shore after the deadly Lamma ferry collision in 2012 did nothing but panic when the tragedy occurred, the last prosecution witness told the High Court yesterday, describing the scene as "complete madness and mayhem".

16 Jan 2015 - 12:13am 1 comment

Lamma ferry tragedy hears from Costa Concordia expert

Anthony York (inset), who helped the inquiry into the Costa Concordia disaster off Italy which left 32 people dead in January 2012, described to the Lamma ferry tragedy manslaughter trial yesterday. Photos: Nora Tam, Brookes Bell

A naval architect who helped investigate the sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia described to the Lamma ferry tragedy manslaughter trial yesterday how HongKong Electric's Lamma IV sank due to the lack of a watertight door.

13 Jan 2015 - 1:24am