PNG VILLAGER DIES IN ‘DYNAMITE FISHING’ MISHAP

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Mar. 26) – Local authorities have urged villagers to stop dynamite fishing after a 19-year-old man died on Feb 6. 

It is environmentally destructive as well as dangerous to those involved, said police and local authorities involved in an awareness campaign launched yesterday at Karavia village in East New Britain Province.

Dominic Malmal, 19, of Karavia No1 village died when a homemade bomb exploded as he tried to dynamite fish.

Following the incident, a village councilor, Noel Tobebe, has carried out investigations into the use of explosive power extracted from WW11 bombs to make homemade bombs for dynamite fishing.

The launch was conducted by Elias Batia, an explosives expert attached to the East New Britain Provincial Disaster Unit, and members of the Community Policing Unit of Kokopo Police Station.

March 26, 2004

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