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10 Oct 2019

Most of 95 people killed in Kiribati ferry disaster died from hunger, dehydration and hypothermia, inquiry finds

A January 28, 2018, photo released by the New Zealand Defense Force shows a wooden dinghy, left, carrying seven survivors from a missing ferry.
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Last January, 102 people boarded a ferry from a remote island in the South Pacific. Only seven of them survived.

A Commission of Inquiry report into the disaster off the coast of Kiribati, made publicly available on Monday, found a litany of problems behind the sinking of the MV Butiraoi, including a drunk crew and incompetent captain.
The commission, which was set up by the Kiribati government last year, found that most -- if not all -- of the 95 victims died from hunger, dehydration and hypothermia. One woman died while giving birth during the accident, the commission found.
Although the commission found that the actions of the crew had contributed to the worst maritime disaster in Kiribati's history, it found there were no willful intentions or actions which had led to the deaths.
It made a number of recommendations, including that monuments should be erected to remember the dead.

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