14 Jul 2014

Charges over capsized Vanuatu ferry

3:13 pm on 14 July 2014

Four people have been charged with manslaughter after an overloaded ferry capsized in Vanuatu last week.

The MV MCY was heading from Malekula towards the capital, Port Vila on July the 11 when it sank.

Two women, a baby and one crew member died.

The deputy commissioner, John Taleo, says the ferry's owner, the captain, second captain and the official in charge of cargo have been charged.

He says the ferry's capacity was 30 people but it was overloaded with 41 passengers and crew and was not seaworthy.