Vessel sink off west coast, more than 50 killed in ‘reckless and dangerous’ accident
A massive vessel sank off the West Coast of Australia, killing at least 50 people and injuring dozens more, with authorities now investigating.
The MV Wayfair, a cargo vessel owned by the Port of Perth, sank on Monday night in the western Sydney suburb of Kew, near the town of Wayfair in Sydney’s east.
Emergency crews were called to the scene, with the shipwreck site being declared a mass grave on Tuesday morning.
The vessel sank at about 10:45pm local time (16:45 GMT), and authorities were initially treating it as a collision.
Emergency officials were initially unable to determine the cause of the collision, but soon determined that it was a “reckless” accident involving a “large vessel”.ABC News reported that the vessel was carrying goods, including two container ships and several containers of diesel oil, and was attempting to leave Sydney for Australia.
Police initially said they were unsure if the collision was a result of a “human error” or a “caustic device”, but the coroner said the cause was still being investigated.
“This is a human tragedy,” Chief Inspector John Geddes said.
Wayfair, an MV Ocean Breeze, is owned by Australian Shipping, the operator of the Wayfair.”
Our thoughts are also with the survivors who are currently being treated in the emergency department.”
Wayfair, an MV Ocean Breeze, is owned by Australian Shipping, the operator of the Wayfair.
Police are investigating the cause and the number of fatalities is yet to be determined.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a statement that they were assisting the authorities with their investigation.
“The vessel is currently being towed away from the site.
We will keep the full scope of the investigation ongoing,” it said.
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