The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on October 2, 2012 is “Arrests over deadly Hong Kong ferry collision” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121020201019674.html).
“Six crew members arrested from the two boats that COLLIDED near Lamma island on Monday night (October 1, 2012), leaving 38 people dead”. “collided” is clearly/obviously VIOLENT.
“Six crew members from two passenger boats that COLLIDED off Hong Kong’s Lamma Island, killing 38 people, have been arrested, the territory’s security chief (LAI TUNG-KWOK) has said”.
“Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s chief executive, confirmed that 38 people had died and more than 100 had been injured in the disaster, THE WORST EVER such incident in the territory”.
“More than 120 people were on board the ferry that sank on late on Monday (October 1, 2012)”.
Speaking to “a press conference a day after the collision (October 2, 2012)”. Security Minister Lai Tung-kwok said: “Police arrested six individuals this afternoon (October 2, 2012)… They are being investigated for ENDANGERING PEOPLE’S LIVES AT SEA“. Given that Leung Chun-ying is close to the COMMUNIST Chinese government, DOES the Leung administration TRULY value “people’s lives?”
“Police chief (Andy) Tsang Wai-hung said the suspects were responsible for the boats’ operation (and therefore) “We DON’T rule out MORE arrests” obviously. In a disaster of this magnitude, this is EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“At least 124 passengers and crew were on the boat, operated by the Hong Kong Electric Company, a representative of the company said”.
According to Yuen Sui-see, “Hong Kong Electric’s operations director”, “Our ferry left Lamma island at 8:15pm [local time; 12:15pm GMT] to watch the fireworks display out at sea, but within a few minutes, a tugboat [ferry] SMASHED INTO our vessel“. “smashed”, again, is clearly VIOLENT.
In a statement, the (Hong Kong) Fire Services Department [FSD] said: “Over 100 people were sent to five hospitals during the incident, nine of them have sustained SERIOUS injuries or are in CRITICAL condition“, which, again, is ALARMING.
“The FSD said the rescue operation was hampered by darkness and “many obstacles onboard” obviously. “Ng Kuen-chi, the acting deputy director of fire services, told local television that the rescue search was also made more difficult by the fact that the vessel was partly sunken”.
“Al Jazeera‘s Divya Gopalan, reporting form Hong Kong, said that there was “TOTAL CHAOS” on board the vessel as it began to sink”. “Families on the boat were separated (and) there was TOTAL CHAOS, many people WERE NOT wearing lifejackets. Many people COULDN’t swim. … People died both IN THE WATER and ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL“. WHERE WERE THE PARAMEDICS?
“Our correspondent reported that Hong Kong Electric Company, which owned the ferry, is offering 200,000 Hong Kong dollars ($25,973) as compensation to each family who lost a loved one”. Money, of course, WON’T bring back those we’ve lost, but this is standard procedure.
The (FSD) statement went on: “Rescue action will continue overnight (October 2-3, 2012) as FSD CANNOT rule out that there are still people inside the vessel or missing” obviously.
Meanwhile, people were PANICKING. According to “A male survivor, wrapped in a blanket on the shore, “WITHIN 10 minutes, the ship had sunk. We had to wait AT LEAST 20 minutes before we were rescued“, the latest expression of FRUSTRATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Again WHERE WERE THE PARAMEDICS?
Finally, according to “another middle-aged woman” “WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO DIE (because) EVERYONE WAS TRAPPED INSIDE“, an expression of pure FEAR.
This latest spat has brought HONG KONG-MAINLAND CHINESE RELATIONS TO AN ALL-TIME LOW. Sources have now confirmed that the Hong Kong ferry collided with a boat from MAINLAND CHINA.This sounds like the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster of January 13, 2012 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Concordia_disaster).