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Updated 6 hours 22 minutes ago
Meanwhile, Maritime New Zealand's Rescue Co-ordination Centre says the search for those still missing will continue overnight. Matangi Tonga online has quoted one of the survivors, Siaosi Lavaka as saying that only the men had reached the lifeboats after the MV Princess Ashika was overturned by heavy seas at around midnight last night. He fears that all the women and children went down with the boat. Mr Lavaka says he saw one body being recovered. Matangi Tonga has also reported that the ferry's operator, the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd, has released a list of 96 people who were onboard the MV Princess Ashika when it left Nuku'alofa.
Presenter: Sam Seke.
Speaker: Maritime Zealand's senior media adviser Sophie Hazelhurst.