100811 FIRST CASE
By Aloysius Laukai
Coordinator for the Bougainville Disaster Office, Franklin Lacey says that the National Government has in-acted the Small craft act that requires all small boat owners to register and make sure that they have all life saving instruments before leaving the shores.
He said that under the new act boat owners could be charged to any mishaps such as the Torokina incident.
MR. LACEY said that investigations are continuing and the boat owner and the operator could be the first people to answer to charges under this new act.
He said that Police, Disaster Office and other Government Divisions would be involved in implementing this new act.
The Disaster Coordinator also warned all boat owners to comply with this new act.