MSAF yet to respond to Kaiwai tragedy
13:02 Wed Dec 06, 2017
Report by: Maggie Boyle
The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is yet to make a statement on the tragic incident on the cargo barge Kaiwai that led to the loss of three lives.
The barge is believed to have capsized in rough waters while travelling with twelve people on-board to Bukama Island in the Yasawas last Tuesday.
The Fiji Navy have confirmed to FBC News that they too have yet to receive a response from MSAF on their concerns of a possible oil spill given the 40 tonnes of diesel oil that was on-board the vessel when it sank.
While only two bodies were recovered from the sunken barge, FBC News understands the search for the third man will continue with Police and villagers from nearby islands.
According to an MSAF spokesperson, a statement on the incident will only be released by the Authority’s chief executive who is currently out of the country.
Kaiwai owner – All Engineering has told FBC News that they are awaiting for the Police report after which they will be able to progress with a possible salvage operation.
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