Yesterday was Hong Kong’s first of three days of citywide mourning for the 38 victims of the Lamma Island ferry disaster. At a ceremony to observe three minutes of silence at the government headquarters attended by principal officials of the territory and civil servants, chief executive Leung Chun-ying was seen wiping his tears away with a handkerchief. Here and throughout the city, Chinese and Hong Kong flags were flown at half mast. Meanwhile, at the Central ferry pier, vessels sounded their horns together in a melancholic requiem as Hong Kongers took a moment off work to remember the dead.
Families mourn the dead at the site of the collision:
Family members of one victim out at sea, wailing, “Come home! We’re here to bring you home! We beg of you, come home!”
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange halted transactions and the St John’s Cathedral held a public service and lit 38 candles, one for each life lost: