Hundreds saved from rough seas as ferry sinks in Papua New Guinea
Friday 03 February 2012
Rescuers plucked more than 230 survivors from the sea after a ferry sank yesterday with up to 350 people on board.
An aeroplane from Australia, three helicopters and eight ships scoured the area after the MV Rabaul Queen went down while sailing from Kimbe on the east coast island of New Britain to Lae on the mainland.
Police in Kimbe said most of the passengers were students and trainee teachers.
An official at the scene said the ferry capsized in rough seas and sank four hours later.
Peter O'Neill, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, said the cause of the accident was unknown, but admitted safety in the shipping industry was lax. "We need to bring some safety measures back into this industry," Mr O'Neill added.
- 1 Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Nineteen-year-old student left gifts for parents before taking her own life
- 4 Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
David Cameron says anyone criticising Eric Pickles' letter to Muslims 'really has a problem'
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...
£25000 - £28000 per annum + 25 days holidays & pension: Ashdown Group: PHP Web...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Based in London, Manchester, Br...