(FILES) This file picture taken on October 2, 2012 shows the bow of the Lamma IV boat partially submerged during rescue operations the morning after it collided with a Hong Kong ferry. AFP PHOTO / FILES / ANTONY DICKSON
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A Hong Kong boat captain was on Saturday found guilty of the manslaughter of 39 people in a 2012 ferry collision, the city's worst maritime disaster in nearly four decades.Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai-ming, 56, was also convicted of one count of endangering safety of others at sea by a Hong Kong court over the accident between his high-speed ferry and a pleasure boat near Lamma Island. Chow Chi-wai, 58, who was steering the Lamma IV pleasure boat when it crashed with more than 120 people on board on October 1, 2012, was acquitted of all 39 charges of manslaughter.However, he was also found guilty of one count of endangering the safety of others at sea, which carries a maximum sentence of HK$200,000 ($25,787) and four years' imprisonment.
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