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Hong Kong Ferry Captain Guilty of Manslaughter in Collision

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FILE - Workers salvage boat which sank after colliding with ferry near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong, Oct. 2, 2012.

FILE - Workers salvage boat which sank after colliding with ferry near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong, Oct. 2, 2012.

A Hong Kong court found a ferry boat captain guilty of manslaughter Saturday in a collision that killed 39 people in 2012.

Sea Smooth captain Lai Sai-ming, 56, was also convicted of one count of endangering the safety of others at sea in the accident between his high-speed ferry and a smaller pleasure boat near Lamma Island.

The smaller craft was carrying around 120 employees of the local power company on an excursion to watch a Chinese National Day fireworks display on October 1, 2012. All the deaths occurred on the pleasure craft. The two captains blamed each other for the collision.

The same jury found the captain of the pleasure craft Chow Chi-wai innocent of manslaughter, but guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea.

Some information for this report is from AP and AFP.

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