8 Jan 2007

Eight people missing at sea off PNG's coast

4:21 pm on 8 January 2007

Eight of nine people - including three children - are still missing at sea, after a boating accident on Papua New Guinea's Madang coast.

Only one person was rescued by a passing vessel and taken to a nearby health centre.

A worker at the health centre confirmed the person had survived by clinging onto a fuel tank.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the nine were on a motorised dinghy overloaded with store goods when the boat capsized on Friday.

The search continues for the remaining eight passengers.