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Tonga ferry was ‘unseaworthy’

by Philip Georgiadis and Sandra Speares, London last modified Aug 21, 2009 02:29 PM

A SURVEYOR who checked the Tongan ferry Princess Ashika prior to its departure has told reporters in New Zealand that he knew the vessel was unseaworthy.

Mosese Fakatoa said that he had not had time to finish his report, according to Lloyd’s Marine Intelligence Unit.
The inter-island ferry sank on August 5 in calm seas. Ninety-three people were missing and believed to have drowned.

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