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Papua New Guinea

Search for three missing persons in WNB called off

BY JEROME IKUAVI

The search for three missing persons in the Kandrian boat accident in West New Britain Province has been called off after almost 20 days of searching.

Kimbe police station commander Senior Inspector Daniel Yangen said that the search had to be called off because there was not much help given by the appropriate government agencies, public and the private sector.

He said though the three missing persons were public servants, not much assistance was given by the responsible departments.

“Since the accident, one has been confirmed dead, seven survived and the three are now confirmed as missing persons,” Mr Yangen said.

He said police did all they could, however with the limited resources they had, they could not do much to continue the search.

“The three are confirmed missing, unless we have evidence to confirm if they are dead,” he said.

Mr Yangen said currently it is believed that the accident was due to the rough seas however he feels that more investigations need to be carried out.

He believed that the survivors have not given full statements of the incident because of their condition and state of mind, however he said that the reports and investigations from the police from the search will determine if there is a need for more investigations or not.

“I call on the nearby villages and provinces sharing seas with WNB to keep an eye out in case they come across the missing persons,” he said.

Mr Yangen said the three were two teachers and a policeman, however not so much was done in the search.

“It is not good to sit back and watch, at least we should all collaborate to do something,” he said.

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