Inquest declines to release report into asylum boat explosion
Danielle Parry, Phoebe Stewart
The Australian public will have to wait to see the findings of an internal report by the Department of Defence, into a fatal asylum seeker boat explosion.
The Northern Territory Coroner is investigating the deaths of five Afghan men after the SIEV 36 exploded while it was under navy control near Ashmore Reef last April.
The Coroner has already heard an internal Defence investigation found its policies, procedures and training are in urgent need of a top to bottom review.
However the Coroner has declined to release the full report to the ABC at this point in the inquest.
The Defence Department has also refused to release the findings saying its a matter for the Coroner.
Meanwhile, an Australian Navy crew member has told the inquiry how people screamed in agony after a fatal boat explosion near Ashmore Reef.
Able Seaman Adrian Medbury was in a Navy rescue boat about 50 metres from the SIEV 36 when he saw a flash engulf the boat and spread out over the water.
He said there was a lot of debris and people in the water and people were screaming like they were in agony.
On Friday video footage was played of Able Seaman Medbury picking up Defence personnel from the water as asylum seekers cling to debris and heads bob in the water.
He said he picked up navy people first because they were his team mates and he didn't know if they were hurt.
The inquest is expected to run for at least another 2 weeks.