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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.

Lamma trip that shattered mum's life

Chan Chor-jun celebrated the wedding of her younger daughter in September but was mourning her two weeks later when the Lamma IV went down in the National Day collision. Her daughter, Mani Lau Man-lai, was among the 39 people who died in the collision. Neither did Mani's husband, Pales Lam Ka-man, survive.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:03am

Lamma IV engineer recalls last moments on ill-fated ferry

The engineer of the sinking Lamma IV waved at a nearby ferry to signal that help was needed, but got no response from the ship, the commission of inquiry heard on Thursday.

21 Feb 2013 - 4:26pm

Lost minute that may have cost 39 lives

The captain of the Lamma IV had more than a minute and a half to avert disaster after spotting the Sea Smooth ferry on the radar - but a minute went by before he began to turn out of its path, the commission of inquiry into the subsequent crash heard.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:12am

Interpreter accused of poor translation leaves ferry inquiry

An interpreter criticised this week for performing poorly at the Lamma ferry disaster inquiry removed herself from the hearing on Wednesday morning.

The criticism appeared in the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, when a relative of two victims in the National Day tragedy said he was “stunned” by the woman’s inaccurate translations of witnesses’ accounts.

20 Feb 2013 - 8:32pm 1 comment

Lamma IV coxswain 'made full turn' to avoid Sea Smooth

The coxswain of the sunken Lamma IV said he made a full starboard turn when he saw the Sea Smooth ferry approaching a minute before the vessels collided, a commission of inquiry into the National Day tragedy heard. But the radar record shows the vessel turned just five degrees. Thirty-nine people died in the disaster on October 1.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

Relative 'stunned' at poor translation in ferry inquiry

A relative of two victims of the National Day ferry disaster have hit out at the quality of interpreting at the commission of inquiry into the tragedy - which he says could affect its outcome.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:50am 1 comment

I sounded the alarm before the crash, Lamma IV coxswain insists

The coxswain of the ill-fated Lamma IV sounded one short blast on the whistle before the deadly collision off Lamma Island on October 1, an inquiry into the tragedy heard. Captain Chow Chi-wai's testimony yesterday contradicted those previously given by passengers on the Lamma IV, Lamma II and Sea Smooth. None of them said they heard the whistle.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:14am

Inspector insists Lamma IV had enough life jackets

A ship inspector insisted the Lamma IV had the required number of life jackets onboard, including those for children, a commission of inquiry heard on Monday.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:26pm

Sea Smooth turn "absolutely the cause" of ferry disaster: expert

A wrong turn by the vessel Sea Smooth was the "actual cause" of its fatal collision with the Lamma IV on October 1 last year in which 39 people died, an expert told the commission of inquiry yesterday.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

Ferry coxswain guidelines confusing, Lamma inquiry hears

Guidelines telling ferry coxswains how to react, after a collision with another vessel, were described as confusing at the commission of inquiry on Thursday morning.

In one section, the guidelines issued by Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry tell the helmsman to “steer away from the [ship’s original] course”, giving no further explanation.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:01pm