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Tonga

Ferry found but no sign of riders

August 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Searchers found the wreck of a ferry that capsized off Tonga a week earlier but saw no immediate signs of the 93 people on board who are still missing and presumed dead.

The Princess Ashika flipped and sank Aug. 5 in a tragedy that has reverberated throughout the tiny South Pacific kingdom and triggered accusations that the government allowed the ferry to operate despite not being seaworthy.

Tonga's police commander said the hulk was found by an unmanned search device in about 360 feet of water near where the ferry foundered about 55 miles northeast of the capital, Nuku'alofa.

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