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This supplementary report replaces Section 4.7 (Lost) and some conclusions and safety actions recorded in the ATSB Transport Safety Investigation Report No. 222: Independent investigation into the loss of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs vessel, Malu Sara, in Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia, 15 October 2005, which was released on 19 May 2006. This supplementary report has been published following the release, and subsequent analysis, of significant new information that was provider to the Coroner during the coronial inquest into the loss of Malu Sara and its five occupants on 15 October 2005 and which related to the initial search and rescue response.

This supplementary report should be read in conjunction with the original ATSB report: Loss of the DIMA vessel Malu Sara in Torres Strait Queensland

This report may contain times that differ from those associated with the same occurrence in the original ATSB report. This is the result of the evidence provided to the coronial inquest.

This report identifies the following safety issues: the lack of follow-up and reporting procedures for immigration response vessels which were not engaged on patrol activities in the Torres Strait; the lack of procedures dealing with an immigration vessel which was overdue at its destination or reported being lost; the absence of training for immigration staff in the reporting and follow-up procedures and general search and rescue overview training; search and rescue coordination responsibility for small Commonwealth vessels; and post search and rescue incident analysis practices.

This report acknowledges the actions taken by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to address the identified safety issues.

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General details
Date: 15 October 2005 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: UTC+10  
Location   (show map):Torres Strait Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Foundered 
Release date: 24 September 2009  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Vessel details
Vessel: Malu Sara 
Flag: AUS 
Type of Operation: Centre console, welded plate aluminium boat 
Damage to Vessel: Substantial 
Departure point:Saibai Island
Departure time:1222 on 14 Oct 2005
Destination:Badu Island
Fatal: 2305
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Last update 14 November 2018