Lai Sai Ming, the Hong Kong boat captain of the Sea Smooth, in which 39 people died during a collision with a pleasure boat in 2012, has been charged with manslaughter. Sai Ming, 56, was sentenced on Monday after a court found him guilty on Saturday.
“I have concluded you should go to prison for eight years,” judge Brian Keith told a court.
“It’s been a personal tragedy for you and your family but it cannot begin to compare with the grief of those who lost their loved ones.”
Sai Ming was jailed for a further 18 months for endangering the safety of others at sea, but the terms will be served concurrently.
The driver of the pleasure boat, Chow Chi-wai, 58, jailed for nine months in 2012 for endangering the safety of others, was acquitted of all 39-count manslaughter charge.
The ferry collision was described as the country’s most tragic accident ever.