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Lae Police appeals for statements into Rabaul Queen Disaster

The Lae based police team investigatingthe Rabaul Queen Disaster has called on relatives and those who travelled onthe ship to come forward withtheir statements.

Officer in Charge, ChiefInspector Ben Turi, says it is important that those who weren’t involvedthe accident but travelled onthe ship report tothe Lae Disaster Operations Center.

He madethe appeal after nobody fronted up yesterday.

The investigating team is operating out ofthe Lae Disaster Operation Centre. It’s a small but important office. The crime scene is in this province andthe officer in charge says ifthere are any arrests to be madethey will make it here.

Onthe wall arethe lists of survivors; highlighted arethe names of those who have given statements.

Officer in charge, Ben Turi saysthe response has been slow despite media publicity.

The Rabual Queen Disaster happened offthe Morobe coast; nearly two hundred people remained unaccounted for.

The investigating team is slowly piecing togther what happened fromthe dozens of statementsthey’ve collected so far.

The team will travel to Madangthen to Goroka when a by-pass has been constructed overthe Surinam River. Madang is also an important location because many survivors livethere.

Asthe investigation continues, relatives ofthe deceased are urgingthe government not to let ofthe agencies responsible for maritime safety.

Scott Waide, National EMTV News – LAE

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