Hong Kong captain found guilty of manslaughter for fatal ferry crash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONG KONG  |  2015-02-14 16:53:46

 

Hong Kong captain found

guilty of manslaughter

for fatal ferry crash

 

 

By Huang Xin

 

 

Lai Sai-ming

 

 

The captain of Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry’s Seasmooth, Lai Sai-ming, was on Saturday of February 14 found guilty of 39 counts of manslaughter in relation to the 2012 Lamma island ferry disaster.

He was also found guilty of endangering the lives of others at sea by a Hong Kong court.

Hong Kong Electric’s Lamma IV skipper Chow Chi-wai was acquitted of manslaughter but was convicted of endangering life.

The jury reached the verdicts after three days of deliberations.

The defendants will be sentenced on Monday.

Thirty-nine people were killed and nearly 100 others injured in the ferry collision happened on Oct. 1, 2012, which was the most serious maritime accident in Hong Kong in the last 40 years.

Maritime experts have said that Seasmooth captain had taken a port tack around one minute before the collision, which was in clear contravention of international maritime regulations. Related regulations stipulate that two vessels, which might collide, should take a starboard tack to avoid collision.

While the captain of the Lamma IV, which was carrying more than 100 people to see the National Day fireworks in the Victoria Harbor and sank shortly after the collision, did not take positive action in time to avoid the collision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONG KONG  |  2015-02-14 20:07:56

 Hong Kong’s flu death toll reaches 196

 

By Huang Xin

 

Another 15 people have died of severe flu, bringing the death toll this year to 196, said Hong Kong health officials on Saturday afternoon.

The Center for Health Protection said 16 new cases have been reported from Friday noon to Saturday noon among which 15 patients died. None of them is under the age of 18.

The number of elderly people being admitted to hospital with flu has eased, but the number of children under five went up slightly in the past week, according to health authorities.

The H3N2 outbreak started on Jan. 2 and has led to the hospitalization of over 280 patients thus far. That compares with 266 cases including 133 deaths registered during the same period of last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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