Pooja Sareen, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

200 survivors are rescued from the ocean where ferry that sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The ferry MV Rabaul Queen, with about 350 people on board, went down 16 kilometres off the coast of Finschhafen, which is about 80 kilometres from its final destination of Lae. The MV Rabaul Queen has a capacity of 300 passengers, but Captain Rahman said he did not know how many were aboard. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in its online updates that as many as 350 people were believed to be aboard the ferry.Captain Rahman said, “The cause of the accident was not known.”

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea said the authorities would investigate the cause of the sinking, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Ms. Gillard described the sinking as a “major tragedy.” Australia sent an airplane to join at least six ships and three helicopters Papua New Guinea had deployed to find survivors. He also said,“Given the likely very high loss of life here, I think when this news comes to the attention of Australians around the country they will be thinking about the people of P.N.G. as they respond to this tragedy.”

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