Scores missing as Tonga ferry sinks

One person killed and scores missing as ferry goes down off of Tonga.

    The ferry was travelling from the capital Nuku'alofa to Ha'afeva island when it sank on Wednesday

    Body recovered

    Tongan police said 55 passengers and crew had been rescued and air force planes from New Zealand had joined the search for the missing.

    Keith Allen, who also works at the RCCNZ, told Al Jazeera that the route was a regular service operating from the Tongan capital.

    "It was a regular trip as ferries are heavily relied on due to the numerous islands in this region, but it is still not known what caused the ferry to capsize," he said.

    Police said the exact number of people on board was still unknown with the company operating the vessel saying there were an estimated 96 people on board but its official manifest registering 79 passengers and crew.

    "Realistically we believe there were more passengers on board but we could not confirm at this stage how many they are," chief inspector Sokopeti To'ia told the AFP news agency.

    The only body recovered nearly a full day after the accident was that of a British man carrying a New Zealand driver's licence, officials said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.