13 Aug 2009

Tonga asks for NZ help in ferry disaster probe

5:47 pm on 13 August 2009

The Tongan Government has asked the New Zealand Government for help with the Royal Commission into last week's sinking of the ferry Princess Ashika which claimed as many as 95 lives.

The Attorney General of Tonga says in a statement the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission has been asked for assistance.

The statement says Tonga does not have the technical expertise and resources to allow the Royal Commission to conduct an inquiry of this nature and magnitude.

The three commissioners looking into the sinking will be required to report their intitial findings by the end of November with a final report by March 2010.