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Captain of Ferry Recovering With PM-Ferry Sinking, Bjt

March 11, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ David Lewry, captain of the capsized British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, was making ″a slow recovery″ today from a punctured lung, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 46-year-old Lewry was flown Tuesday from Belgium to Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, southeast England. The ferry capsized Friday off the North Sea port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, killing up to 134 people. Rescuers saved 409 others.

A Belgian doctor who treated Lewry said the captain was not fully aware of what happened. Nicky Delo, one of the ship’s catering staff, said the captain struggled with rescuers to stay aboard and help the injured despite his own serious wound.

Hospital director Susan Quinn said Lewry would remain hospitalized for some time.

″He had a satisfactory night and he is continuing to make a slow recovery,″ she said.

Paul Ovington, a spokesman for ferry operator Townsend Thoresen, said Lewry was too ill to talk to reporters.

″He’s still not really well enough to see anybody,″ Ovington said. ″None of his colleagues have even seen him yet. ... He’s frail mentally and physically.″

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