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Cuba denies fault in loss of Haiti-bound aid barge

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HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is denying a U.S. company's accusations that it is to blame for the loss of a barge carrying $2 million in aid to Haiti.

A Transportation Ministry statement says a Cuban tugboat received a distress call from the "Muheet" just before midnight Nov. 30, and responded promptly.

It says the tug began towing the ship and its two barges, but high seas prompted both captains to decide to head for port and return later for the barges.

Thursday's statement says that one was deemed a total loss while the other was salvaged. It added that an inspection found expired permits and insufficient anchor capability.

Georgia-based Harbor Homes LLC has claimed a line broke during the tow, causing one barge to sink. The company has sued its insurer for $1.3 million.

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