8 Feb 2012

Conditions calming for recovery of PNG ferry victims

5:56 pm on 8 February 2012

The acting director of the Morobe disaster management office in Papua New Guinea, Charlie Masange, says calming conditions will make it easier to search for victims of last week's ferry sinking.

246 people were rescued after the MV Rabaul Queen sank in rough seas near the end of a 20-hour journey between Kimbe and PNG's second largest city, Lae.

Searchers have found four bodies but more than one hundred people still unaccounted for are feared to have gone down with the vessel.

Mr Masange says 10 small craft have been involved in the search.

"It's starting to get calmer. We are hoping to find more bodies if the water gets back to its normal condition."

The acting director of the Morobe disaster management office, Charlie Masange.