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Fatal ferry accident to be investigated

RADIO NEW ZEALAND NEWS - Updated at 5:43am on 26 July 2009

New Zealand officials are investigating a ferry accident in Kiribati in which about 40 people are believed to have died. About 55 people were onboard the outrigger canoe when it capsized on 13 July en route from Tarawa to Maiana. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission in Wellington has begun an inquiry, at the request of the Kiribati Government. The craft, which was about 15 metres long, was typical of canoes used regularly to travel between the islands. An investigation team will travel to Kiribati on Tuesday. It will be there for about a week. The commission says the inquiry will take six months to a year to complete. Police Maritime Commander John Mote said this week that many lessons have been learnt from the tragedy.
He said it was "a big signal" for everyone, especially boat owners and operators and the marine authority, to be more strict on compliance and for police to enforce the regulations.
A joint church service was held at the Kiribati National Church on Friday evening to remember those who died.

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Comment by Cindy Flood on July 28, 2009 at 7:51am
No, more like a cross between a canoe and boat - iai ana rama nakon rabatan te booti are about 15m; iai kiraatin wintoona and passengers could sit facing each other or just fill the space on the floor..these types can be beached easily ke a kona n roko i eta in the shallow lagoon waters, unlike Teriantebunginako are e riai n rooro n ae nano..
Comment by Molly Amon on July 28, 2009 at 6:44am
What type of boat is used here? Is it the same with the one like Teriantebunginako, the double hulled canoe from Abaiang? Can someone explain please!


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