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Wakashio: Court Of inquiry, Next Session On July 27

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Several witnesses took the stand on Thursday, July 15 at the court of inquiry into the sinking of the MV Wakashio in the premises of the former Supreme Court in Port-Louis.

First, a Superintendent of Police went over the specifics of each aircraft of the helicopter squadron of the Mauritian police. However, this witness specified that he was not ‘on duty’ that day.

The lawmen present then pressed him with questions about the aircraft’s ability to maneuver under certain metrological conditions. He explained that each helicopter that the police have at their disposal has their own ability and that it depends mainly on the nature of the mission.

Three other witnesses appeared in court, namely the Chief Forensic Scientist of the Forensic Science Laboratory and two veterinarians from the Ministries of Fisheries and Agro Industry. All of them came back on the analyses of the dolphins found on the coast last year.

As a reminder, the previous day in this same court, Sergeant Jean-Marie Cazelin of the National Coast Guard (NCG) claimed that the MV Wakashio could have been removed from the reefs by the ‘Salvage Team’, dispatched to Mauritius by the insurer and owner of the bulk carrier, at high tide. This, according to the witness, could have allowed its extraction from the reef without any major damage.

The next session has been set for July 27.

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