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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tongan Ferry Sinks, Sixty-Four Passengers Unaccounted For

Al Jazeera English - Asia-Pacific - Hopes fade for Tonga ferry victims
Rescuers searching for survivors from a ferry which rolled over and sank off the Pacific island of Tonga say at least 64 people remain unaccounted for.

Joint search and rescue efforts by teams from Tonga and New Zealand on Friday failed to find any survivors, and officials said a decision would be made on Saturday morning on whether to call off operations.

Two bodies from the disaster have been recovered and 53 people have so far been rescued, officials said late on Friday, almost 48 hours after the ferry sank.

Tongan police have admitted that a lack of accurate records meant the number of missing could yet be higher.

The missing included 21 women and seven children who were believed to have been sleeping below decks when the ferry sank shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

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