27 Jul 2015

Search for 9 missing in PNG ends today

3:43 pm on 27 July 2015

A week long search in Papua New Guinea for nine missing people, six of whom are children, is being called off.

Poor weather has hammered Milne Bay Province for weeks and local disaster authorities have been stretched by search and rescue operations.

The acting provincial disaster co-ordinator, Steven Tobessa, says one person is dead and three were rescued in challenging weather conditions over a week ago, but nine people, including six school children, are still missing.

He says a search crew involving about 70 people, with a helicopter, dinghies, and a larger vessel has been involved in the search but it will end its operations today.

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