Wigan mum and son in ferry tragedy

The ferry disaster which claimed many lives
The ferry disaster which claimed many lives

A WIGAN family is in mourning after a mother and son were among the victims of a Far East ferry disaster.

Wendy le Hwie Belshaw and seven-year-old Nicholas Chi-ho Belshaw died when a passenger ship they were on as part of festival celebrations collided with a ferry in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Mrs Belshaw’s husband, Michael, and nine-year-old daughter, Emma, were rescued while 39 passengers lost their lives with more than 90 being hospitalised in the incident last week.

The two boats were taking revellers across the harbour as part of a long holiday weekend’s celebrations for the mid-autumn festival and China’s National Day.

Worshippers at St Mary’s Church, Standishgate, where Wendy, 44, and husband Michael, were married in 1999, were asked to pray for the Belshaw family, who live in the Aspull area, and a special Holy Mass will take place on Saturday.

Fr John Johnson, said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their relatives who I believe are now travelling out to Hong Kong as we speak.