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"Unfortunately, the USCG doesn't seem to be very interested in finding out the real truth."
Foreign flag vessel. What are the going to do, fast enough to get an arrest warrant for what? manslaughter? before the ship is at sea again?
As a practical matter I doubt they have the resources to do it, even if someone was motivated to try.
It just goes to prove, the commercial traffic does NOT always keep an adequate watch, and that appears to sadly apply to the victims as well.
This is in many ways the same problem as cargo cubes that have gone overboard: Everyone knows what's going on, but no legislature or treaty organization is going to fight the industry and do something about it.
And the USCG simply doesn't have the budget for even basic competent staffing in many places. Given this economy...the only way that will happen is if they charge "user fees" to mariners and we all know what happens once that camel gets a nose in the tent.