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Hong Kong captain gets 8 years for deadly 2012 sea collision

/ 02:38 PM February 16, 2015
 In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong.  AP

In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong. AP

HONG KONG — News reports say a Hong Kong ferry captain has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the deaths of 39 people in a 2012 accident that was the southern Chinese city’s biggest maritime disaster in decades.

A judge on Tuesday handed down the sentence to Lai Sai-ming after his conviction on charges of manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea.

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That’s according to the South China Morning Post newspaper and Radio Television Hong Kong.

The captain of the other boat involved in the collision, Chow Chi-wai, was given a nine-month sentence. He was cleared by a jury of manslaughter but convicted of endangering others at sea.

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All of those killed, including eight children, and most of the nearly 100 injured were aboard Chow’s boat.

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