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    The captain of Sea Smooth ferry, was convicted of 39 counts of manslaughter by Hong Kong jury.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A captain of a ferry involved in a naval collision that killed 39 people in Hong Kong in 2012 was convicted of manslaughter on Saturday.

    Lai Sai-ming, the captain of Sea Smooth ferry, was convicted of 39 counts of manslaughter by Hong Kong jury, The South China Morning Post reported.

    Chow Chi-wai, the captain of Lamma IV vessel that sank after the collision with the ferry, was acquitted of manslaughter charges, but was convicted of endangering safety at sea, the news outlet reported.

    Both captains pleaded not guilty during the 60-day trial.

    The two vessels collided near the island of Lamma, around two miles south west of Hong Kong island, on October 1, 2012. Thirty nine people were killed, including eight children in the crash, the city’s worst maritime tragedy since 1971.

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