5 Feb 2013

PNG police to begin investigation into Rabaul Queen sinking

9:26 pm on 5 February 2013

The Papua New Guinea Police Force says an investigation is to commence into the sinking of the MV Rabaul Queen which resulted in the death of over 160 people a year ago.

A police statement says that from February 7 a total of 30 police criminal investigators will be deployed around the country to begin investigations into the sinking which occurred off Morobe.

Initial investigations will cover five provinces including Morobe, West New Britain, East New Britain and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The investigation comes five months since the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the disaster.