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Princess Ashika Sinking – Tonga November 12, 2009

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Transcripts Available: Tonga Royal Commission Inquiry into Sinking of Princess Ashika

The 37-year-old ferry, Princess Ashika,  sank on August 5 on a voyage from Nuku’alofa with the loss of 75 lives.  The majority of those lives belonged to women and children who slept below deck at the time of the tradgedy.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry has been told passengers were asked to bail out water from the deck of the Princess Ashika moments before it sank.

Full transcripts are available on each day’s hearing of the Tonga’s Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the Princess Ashika. For a more detailed account and links to transcripts, visit PacificEyewitness.

Visual arts student Penitoa Finau’s final year presentation – giant 12-metre by three-metre photographic image featuring a striking image of people mourning those who died in the Princess Ashika ferry tragedy in Tonga.



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