12 Jan 2015

11 PNG people found after missing at sea

2:11 pm on 12 January 2015

A rescue mission has found 11 people who were reported missing at sea for almost two weeks in Papua New Guinea.

The group of people, including three children, were found drifting near West New Britain by Maritime Search and Rescue after they failed to arrive on Pana Island, in Madang province.

The Acting Director of the Disaster and Emergency services in Madang, Rudolph Mongalee, says nine people were found on board while two of the group swam a long distance in the open sea to get help.

"They were drifting towards that small island known as Vitu and those two, they swam all the way to that island and that's where they set their alarm that the boat was drifting towards West New Britain."

Rudolph Mongalee says all survivors are in good condition.

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