Four jailed for Chinese ferry sinking

Four people held responsible in the sinking of a Chinese ferry that killed 282 people have been sentenced to prison terms of five or six years, the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said today.

Four people held responsible in the sinking of a Chinese ferry that killed 282 people have been sentenced to prison terms of five or six years, the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said today.

The ferry Dashun sank on November 24, 1999, in storm-pounded seas off the port of Yantai, in eastern China’s Shandong province.

Government investigators found that the ship was carrying too many vehicles, and accused its owner, the Yanda Car Ferry Company, of lax safety.

Three of the four people sentenced by Yantai’s Intermediate People’s Court worked for the firm.

The general manager, Gao Feng, was sentenced to six years imprisonment. His deputy, Yu Chuanlong, was sentenced to five years, as was a company supervisor.

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