21 Jul 2015

One dead, 10 missing after two boat mishaps in PNG

6:49 pm on 21 July 2015

Eight people have been rescued after their dinghy capsized near an island in Madang in Papua New Guinea.

But the dinghy's skipper who tried to swim ashore with his two nephews to get help has been reported missing.

Madang disaster and emergency office acting director Rudolf Mongallee says 11 people had left their home on Bagabag Island on Monday morning and were travelling to Madang town.

The National newspaper reports they ran out of fuel and then a huge wave rolled the boat.

The nephews raised the alarm last night and eight people were found early this morning.

Meanwhile nine people are missing after their banana boat capsized in the Ward Hunt Strait between Alotau and Fergusson Island in Milne Bay last Thursday.

Three swam to safety and one body has been found but nine others are still missing.