“A Solomon Islands MP has hit out at the country's maritime rescue coordination systems saying its inefficiency costing people's lives.
“Early on Friday morning the MV Taimareho was caught out by Cyclone Harold while attempting an inter-island crossing with over 700 people and cargo onboard.
“27 people were allegedly washed overboard and as of Monday morning six bodies had been recovered.
“But the MP for West Are Are, whose constituents made up the bulk of the passenger roll on the trip, says there was so much red tape involved that it took 24 hours to get a search underway.
“Speaking on the floor of parliament, John Maneniaru said by the time boats and aircraft were dispatched it was to recover bodies not save lives.”
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