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Sunken vessel inquiry ends

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An inquiry conducted into the sinking of M.V Solfish 001 has been completed, almost three months after the vessel sunk.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Moses Virivolomo confirmed this to the Sunday Star.

The inquiry, which started a week after the vessel sunk on May 23 this year, was delayed due to the non-attendances of potential witnesses.

But Virivolomo says those witnesses have since come forward and the inquiry had heard their stories.

He says the inquiry’s report has been forwarded to Minister Seth Gukuna who is currently studying the report.

Solfish 001, a fishing boat turned cargo vessel, sunk in the open seas between Makira and Temotu provinces on May 23.

It was owned by local business giant Lee Kwok Kuen.

All 49 passengers and crew were rescued three days later while floating on four life-rafts.

By Elliot Dawea