According to maritime expert, human error caused the October ferry crash that killed 39 people.
The ferry, Sea Smooth, was a commuter ferry that was carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Lamma Island. On October 1, the Sea Smooth collided with Lamma IV. This collision was the city’s worst maritime disaster in the past 4 years. The collision coincided with Hong Kong’s celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The Lamma IV had families and employees of Hong Kong Electric Co. These passengers were on their way to view holiday fireworks in Hong Kong. There were also children on board the ferry.
According to maritime rules, two vessels that may collide must each turn starboard to avoid a crash. Starboard means right. The Lamma IV turned starboard. On the other hand, the Sea smooth captain did not. An expert witness stated that the captain’s maneuver was an attempt to cross ahead of the Lamma IV.
The maritime expert witness said that the Lamma IV could have done more to avoid a collision. This captain had approximately 30 seconds to turn right more. He also could have been more attentive to radar readings.
However, according to the expert, the Sea Smooth captain was definitely much more at fault. The Sea Smooth was traveling at a speed twice that of the Lamma IV. The captain was also alone in the wheelhouse, and his human error was probably fueled by the fact that he was alone. Lastly, he turned left, in the same direction that the Lamma IV was turning.
According to emergency calls, the Lamma IV quickly sank after the collision. Some witnesses claim that the Sea Smooth ran into the Lamma IV again when it started its engine. According to these witnesses, this second collision contributed to the Lamma IV sinking.
Many victims were trapped and drowned inside the boat cabin. There were 39 lives claimed in the crash. Eight of the victims were children. There will be more investigation into the collision. Survivors will be called to the stand to testify.
Everyone involved in this collision is suffering from physical and emotional trauma. The families of the victims have forever lost a loved one. If you or someone you love was involved in a human error accident like this, there are legal resources available. Such damages can result in significant medical bills, long lasting physical trauma, and emotional loss. An expert personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages for any trauma you experience.