- Title: MH370 families comb Madagscar beaches for clues
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: ST. MARIE, MADAGASCAR (DECEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) RIAKE BEACH WHERE SOME OF THE MH370 DEBRIS HAD BEEN FOUND TIDE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR, BLAINE ALAN GIBSON, TALKING TO RELATIVES OF MH370 PASSENGERS VARIOUS OF FAMILY MEMBERS OF MH370 PASSENGERS TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR, BLAINE ALAN GIBSON, SAYING: "On the 12th of June, I, my friend Rija and Cryiak found two pieces of Malaysia 370 debris. In September, I found another, so now I am here with the Malaysian investigator and with some family members from Malaysia and China to see this beach, to look for debris ourselves." GIBSON AND MALAYSIAN INVESTIGATOR ON THEIR KNEES AT THE BEACH / FAMILY MEMBER OF MH370 PASSENGER LOOKING ON FAMILY MEMBER OF MH370 PASSENGER LOOKING THROUGH BINOCULARS VARIOUS OF FAMILY MEMBER OF MH370 PASSENGER WALKING ALONG THE BEACH FAMILY MEMBERS OF MH370 WALKING TOWARDS BEACH RESORT GIBSON HANDING OVER SUSPECTED DEBRIS TO MALAYSIAN INVESTIGATOR VARIOUS OF INVESTIGATOR EXAMINING DEBRIS, TAKING MEASUREMENTS (SOUNDBITE) (Malagasy) LOCAL RESIDENT, CYRIAK RAKOTOSOATIANA, SAYING: "I had found some debris with Blaine, but the last one I found was when I was working as usual. That day, I accompanied the clients on the beach and I met fishermen who told me that they had found something and it was there that I recovered debris and I brought it back to the hotel." MAN SETTING UP HAMMOCK AT THE BEACH
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 12:56
- Keywords: Malaysia Airlines MH370 Madagascar relatives search debris
- Location: ST MARIE, MADAGASCAR
- City: ST MARIE, MADAGASCAR
- Country: Madagascar
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BVXHZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Families of those lost aboard a Malaysia Airlines flight combed beaches of Madagascar's St Marie Island on Wednesday (December 7) hoping to find debris from the plane that would provide clues to what had happened to the plane almost 1,000 days ago.
More than 30 pieces thought to be from the plane have been found in Madagascar.
The visit by seven relatives to Madagascar has prompted the Malaysian investigators to follow them to the Indian Ocean island to collect the latest items.
Madagascar's Transport Ministry handed over six pieces on Monday (December 5) that included a seat back with coat hook, and some wing and tail pieces.
Madagascar's Bureau of Civil Aviation Accident Investigations has said they would discuss with the chief Malaysian investigator whether the two countries could launch a joint search of Madagascar's 3,200 miles of coastline.
Three pieces of debris found on the beaches of Mauritius, Tanzania and the French island of Reunion, have been confirmed to be from MH370.
Investigators are examining several other pieces found in Mozambique and South Africa.
The search is expected to be suspended by the end of the year, when an Australian-led team completes its scouring of a 120,000-sq-km target area.
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