By ALAN MCLAY
Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Our information is that the ship went down at about 6 am this morning.
There are extremely high winds and the sea is very rough.
The local villagers are very hesitant in venturing out to sea to assist the rescue in fear for their own lives (they know their own coast).
The Rabaul Shiiping office in Lae is deserted with a large crowd around it and no one can contact any of the management in Rabaul.