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Challenge to ‘unfair’ Lamma ferry disaster findings

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A retired Marine Department ship surveyor is seeking a judicial review that he hopes will overturn a damning report which found serious failings on the part of the department over the Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 people last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bit of a flap over ‘tied-up’ Lamma peacock

<!– google_ad_section_start –> An animal protection group will visit Lamma Island to check on the whereabouts of a peacock that was seen in the open and reportedly caught by a few men using force. The bird, sighted by hikers last week, is believed to have escaped from a house on Lamma. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department both declared the bird healthy when inspectors visited on Thursday, although no information on it could be found. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Families of ferry disaster victims blast ‘bureaucratic’ chief executive

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Families of the victims in last October’s Lamma ferry tragedy made public a letter criticising Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and other officials for not taking their concerns seriously. The families said they did so because Leung had been “bureaucratic” in his reply to questions over government responsibility in the accident that killed 39 people on National Day. They had written to Leung and his justice minister Rimsky Yuen on May 8 asking them to give a “sincere, responsible and just” answer to calls for further action on the fatal accident. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Passengers stop overloaded ferry from sailing

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Safety on board a vessel belonging to the ferry company involved in last year’s deadly sea collision came under fire again yesterday, as angry passengers stopped the boat from leaving the dock because it was clogged with cargo. The Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry Company vessel was about to depart on the 4.30pm sailing from Central to Lamma Island when passengers complained that cargo was blocking the exits. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Silvermine Beach to get cultural makeover

<!– google_ad_section_start –> It was a tough task for Islands District councillors – deciding which of its more than 20 islands was most in need of a HK$100 million boost. But after four meetings considering 13 proposals, they decided to put the funds towards revitalising Silvermine Beach at Mui Wo, Lantau Island. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Final statements in Lamma ferry inquiry

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The lack of proper lookout or the possibility of “reckless gambling” in the form of a who-blinks-first game between the coxswains of both vessels could be the cause of the disastrous collision off Lamma Island last year, the counsel for the commission of inquiry said in his final submission on Monday. Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC said both the crew of Lamma IV and Sea Smooth had not kept a proper look-out, by eye or radar. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Lamma IV life jackets didn’t meet international standard

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Lace-up life jackets, such as those available aboard the Lamma IV vessel involved in the National Day ferry disaster, did not comply with standards set by the International Maritime Organisation, according to a naval expert. The naval expert and architect Dr Neville Armstrong made the statement on Thursday while testifying to the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 passengers on October 1 last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Naval expert suggests separating roles to avoid inspection errors

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The person who approves a ship’s drawing plans in the future should also be the one who inspects the ship, a naval expert testifying at the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster said on Wednesday. Australian naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong said this requirement would prevent mistakes similar to those made when inspecting the Lamma IV, which collided with another vessel, the Sea Smooth, causing flooding and the death of 39 passengers on October 1 of last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Naval expert discusses Lamma IV crew requirements

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A naval expert expressed surprise at the different crew requirements for Lamma IV and its sister ship Lamma II, when speaking at the commission of inquiry into the National Day Lamma ferry disaster on Tuesday morning. The minimum number of crew members for the Lamma IV is set at four, while that required for the Lamma II, a vessel of similar size and capacity, is two. Commission-appointed Captain Nigel Pryke said he was surprised that Lamma II, a double-decked vessel with similar size and capacity of Lamma IV, only required two crew members. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Sea Smooth coxswain continues testimony without legal representation

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The coxswain of the Sea Smooth said on Wednesday that he would continue his testimony without legal representation to the commission of inquiry into the fatal Lamma ferry collision last October 1. The Sea Smooth was on a National Day fireworks viewing voyage when it collided with the ferry Lamma IV, leaving 31 adults and eight children aboard the ferry dead. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Auntie’s Lamma IV collision death, helped her nephew, 6

<!– google_ad_section_start –> When pictures of the ferry collision off Lamma Island flashed on the TV screen on October 1, little Chen Yin-ho prayed to the Mercy Buddha that his 26-year-old auntie would be safe. Tragically Mani Lau Man-lai was among the 39 people who died in the October 1 disaster. But in an unexpected twist of fate, her death has led to improvements in her nephew’s life, after officials made follow-up visits to victims’ families to see what help they needed. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Lamma IV coxswain recalls last moments on sinking ferry

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The coxswain of the ill-fated Lamma IV said he was the last person to abandon his ship after it collided with the ferry Sea Smooth, the commission of inquiry was told on Tuesday. Captain Chow Chi-wai said that when rescuers came to the wheelhouse, there were three women and a man with him. Only two of the women were wearing life jackets. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thicker plating may have bought more time before Lamma IV sank: expert

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Passengers on the Lamma IV could have had “marginally more time” to escape if the ferry had been built with thicker side plating, a naval expert has said. The vessel started to sink just 96 seconds after the crash with the Sea Smooth, Australian naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong yesterday told the inquiry into the October 1 accident. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thicker hull may have bought ferry passengers ‘marginally more time’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> There could have been “marginally more time” for Lamma IV passengers to escape from the sinking vessel if it had been built with thicker side plating, an Australian expert testified on Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Questions remain over missing watertight door on Lamma IV

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A senior Marine Department ship surveyor was asked on Wednesday if the department’s officers were passing responsibility from one to the other over the October 1 sinking of the Lamma IV. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Lamma IV would not sink, based on calculations: Ex-ship surveyor

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Lamma IV ferry should not have sunk even if two of its below-deck compartments were flooded, a retired Marine Department ship surveyor yesterday told the commission of inquiry into its October 1 capsize. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Radar licence should be compulsory for seafarers: Lawmaker Gary Fan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More courses on radar operation should be offered to improve marine safety, a retired instructor at the Maritime Services Training Institute urged yesterday. He also said the number of courses had dropped notably in recent years. Chow Wah-hoi, who retired last year after 11 years at the institute, said dozens of seafarers were on a course waiting list. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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List of the 39 deceased in the Lamma ferry disaster

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The following list represents all of the 39 passengers who died in the Lamma ferry disaster, according to the Commission of Inquiry into the Collision of Vessels Lamma Island on 1 October 2012. Yan Tsz-ki, female, 7 years old Cheng Yin-lan, female, 40 Cheung Chung-hin, male, 10 Laura Kwok Leung-ying, female, 4 Matthew Kwok Man-hei, male, 3 Thomas Koo Man-cheung, male, 25 Pieta Leung Ka-kit, male, 23 Tsui Chi-wai, male, 42 Tsui Hoi-ying, female, 10 Lai Tsui-yuk, female, 61 Wong Pui-lan, female, 63 <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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No life jackets found on Lamma ferry victims, rescue divers recall

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Three bodies retrieved by police divers in the Lamma ferry rescue operation were not wearing life jackets, a commission of inquiry heard on Thursday morning. Three police divers said the visibility was as low as one metre under the water. They testified behind a screen to protect their anonymity because they are involved in anti-terrorism operations. “There were numerous pieces of debris, life vests and unattached ceiling and wall panels. The visibility was very low,” Diver 1 said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bodies were found clinging to one another: Lamma rescue divers

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Victims of the National Day ferry collision were found clinging to one another in the cabin of the sunken Lamma IV amid swirling currents, the inquiry into the disaster has heard. Divers told yesterday of finding and retrieving bodies from the stricken vessel after its collision with the Sea Smooth ferry on October 1 last year. Senior Station Officer Chan Man-fai, a Fire Services diver, said he found four bodies without life jackets behind debris on the upper deck of the Lamma IV. Three were holding on tightly to one another. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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