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Public speaks out on the Rabaul Queen disaster

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Conveyed by a surviver to his sister: 

“There werent any emergency procedures or demonstrations when they got on the ship and the shipping agency didn’t limit passenger intakes.  Due to the bad weather and high seas the ship tipped over towards the right hand side and ONLY the fit and the ones outside the landing jumped off for their lifes, the ones in the cabins couldn’t due to time limitations and panic. It took 2 minutes for the ship to sink. The first 109 survivors was rescued by a north korean/mongolian ocean liner on its way to Australia. The rest was from a local boat. None of it was Australian Army or PNG navy nor the disaster authority boats. The newspapers raft boat pictures not all true.”

A ship passenger: 
“I’ve travelled from POM to Alotau and I have never ever seen some sort of ship’s manifest. There is no sort of roll call done when u leave port and arrive at your destination. No safety talks or no word on where life jackts, life boats and safety gear are located. BIG ZERO. But we  keep travelling on these boats coz it is cheaper than the airlines! Its lyk they shud put up a HUGE sign on the boat which reads “BOARD AT YOUR OWN RISK”…
A commentator:
“There’s more than meets the eye. Ask those in authorities why Rabaul Shipping (Peter Sharp) continues 2 operate despite all these risky activitis taking place…. look @ Condor…lapun na hamas yias m bin ron (in d past)?? We PNGeans tolerate too much of these risky behaviour, knowing its not right…like over loading..”

A survivors relative:

My Uncle …with his wife, 2 daugthers and his only son. He called this morning and said that his wife could only save the girls leaving his son in the bottom cabin.

Another passenger:

HAVING TRAVELLED THIS ROUTE IN THE PAST VIA THE “QUEENS”, UPON PURCHASE OF A TICKET YOUR NAME GETS ENTERED UPON PURCHASE OF A TICKET. (IN A RECEIPT BOOK OF SOME SORT) BUT, YOU DON’T GET ACCOUNTED FOR WHEN U BOARD OR LEAVE THE VESSEL(S). HOPE ITS NOT THE CASE NOW.

Another commentator:

Peter Sharp only cares bout his $ not lives. His ships are forever over loaded…that’s nothing new. But nothing is ever done to address that…ol man kalap na pulmapim boat tasol…

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