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Suspicions over Akamas boat death ‘point to’ helmsman

Police in Paphos are looking to charge a 50-year-old man with causing the death of a 32-year-old woman during a boating incident back in July.

Another five people – including the helmsman who had been named as being Minas Ioannou – were injured in the incident.

According to police, the incident occurred in the Plati area of Akamas when the motorboat crashed into some rocks. A distress signal was sent from another motorboat that spotted the injured party.

Ioannou had said that the boat had suffered mechanical failure but media reports on Thursday claimed that investigators found no evidence to back his statement.

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The investigative report on the case is expected to be sent to Attorney General Costas Clerides over the next few days and will reportedly point to negligence on the part of Ioannou.

Police say the boat had been very close to the shore and speeding.

The Attorney General will have the final say on whether there is criminal negligence and if Ioannou should be charged.

The victim was named as being 32-year-old Chen Chen – a Chinese national living in Limassol who had been on the boat trip along with another couple, also from China but living in Paphos, and their two young children aged 10 and 11.

The other four suffered injuries and were treated in hospital.

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