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Ferry captain found guilty in 2012 Hong Kong collision that killed 39 people

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong. The captain of the Hong Kong commuter ferry that collided with another boat, killing 39 people, was found guilty of manslaughter on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 local media reported. A nine-member jury also found Lai Sai-ming guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea, in what was Hong Kong's biggest maritime tragedy in decades, the South China Morning Post newspaper and Radio Television Hong Kong said. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong. The captain of the Hong Kong commuter ferry that collided with another boat, killing 39 people, was found guilty of manslaughter on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 local media reported. A nine-member jury also found Lai Sai-ming guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea, in what was Hong Kong's biggest maritime tragedy in decades, the South China Morning Post newspaper and Radio Television Hong Kong said. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)  (The Associated Press)

Local media say the captain of a Hong Kong commuter ferry that collided with another boat in 2012, killing 39 people, has been found guilty of manslaughter.

The South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong say a jury Saturday also found Lai Sai-ming guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea.

The same jury found the captain of the other, smaller boat, Chow Chi-wai, innocent of manslaughter but guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea.

The two had blamed each other for Hong Kong's biggest maritime tragedy in decades, in which another 100 people were injured.

Fleets of ferries form the backbone of the southern Chinese city's transportation network, running frequently to outlying islands, the Chinese mainland and the gambling enclave of Macau.