Sunday, February 05, 2012

170 survive another shipping accident


About 170 passengers were rescued late last Thursday in Magarida, Central province, after bad weather forced a ship to abandon its planned trip to Port Moresby, Sunday Chronicle reports today.
The ship, Kimbe Queen,  also reported to be a sister ship of Rabaul Queen that sank off Finschhafen last Thursday morning, was en route to Port Moresby from Alotau carrying mostly students when the skipper forced the ship to take refuge at Walai Island off Kupiano.
Captain Tommy Joseph was reported to have slowed the speed of the ship and avoided a certain disaster that would have seen two major shipping disasters happening within a few hours of each other.
The skipper then navigated the ship safely into the leeside of the island.
Continuous bad weather has forced trhe ship to be stranded at Kupiano and the passengers are safe and well,
While most of the passengers have since travelled onwards to Port Moresby by road, about 27 still remain stranded with four crew on board awaiting company representatives to arrive from Port Moresby to refund their monies so that they can pay for their PMV fares to the city.

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