“The truth is Galo jumped into the third life-raft while some of us were still on board,” one of the passengers, who asked not to be named, told the Sunday Star.
“It’s not a big issue, but I just want to set the record straight,” the passenger says.
Another says media reports that suggested Galo advised the crew to demonstrate how to put on life-jackets were also untrue.
“The truth is we put on the life-jackets and jumped out onto those rafts. It’s as simple as that,” the second passenger says.
They also claimed they were picked up by a container ship inside Nauru's territory.
“The container ship was on its way to Australia from Nauru.
“We were already floating on the coral reefs when they came and picked us up. We thought we were in the waters of Makira.
“But crew of the container ship told us we were in fact inside Nauru territory,” the passenger says.
The container ship later delivered the 49 passengers to Patrol boat Lata, which brought them over to Kirakira, and then on to Honiara.
The Sunday Star was unable to locate Galo for comments.
No one died in the tragedy.
An inquiry into the incident is underway.
By Elliot Dawea
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