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Coroner blames negligence for Korean trawler sinking

Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:07 PM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A New Zealand coroner on Friday blamed negligence for the loss of a South Korean fishing trawler that sank near Antarctica in 2010 with the loss of 22 lives.

Coroner Richard McElrea criticised the "poor seamanship" of those in charge of the No.1 Insung and called for compulsory international safety standards for all vessels operating in the Southern Ocean.

"No.1 Insung was lost due to the negligence of the master (captain) and officers of the vessel," McElrea concluded in an inquest report released on Friday.

The Insung was trawling for toothfish when it sank on Dec 13, 2010 in remote waters 1,000 nautical miles north of the McMurdo Antarctic base and 1,500 nautical miles from New Zealand's southern tip.

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