2009 Kiribati ferry accident
The 2009 Kiribati ferry accident was the sinking, on 13 July 2009, of an inter-island ferry in the south Pacific nation of Kiribati. The accident is believed to have killed 33 of the ship's 55 passengers and crew.
The ferry was a 56-foot-long (17 m) double-hulled wood catamaran en route between Tarawa and the outlying island of Maiana. It capsized when the captain attempted to turn around to rescue a crew member who had been swept overboard in high seas. The Royal New Zealand Air Force sent a C130 aircraft to aid in air-sea rescue and recovery operations; it aided in recovering twenty survivors, and seven bodies, before calling off the search. A further eighteen bodies were not recovered.
- MV Princess Ashika, a ferry which capsized in Tonga a month later
- List of maritime disasters
- MV Butiraoi, an I-Kiribati ferry travelling between Nonouti and Betio which sank in January 2018.
- Seke, Sam (2009-07-30). "Mourning for Kiribati ferry tragedy missing presumed dead". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
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