By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The bodies of the three children who were reported missing after their boat capsized in Manus province have been found.
One is a 17-year-old, and the other two; a six-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl.
They were on-board a 23-foot banana boat that left Lorengau last Thursday for a burial on one of the outer islands. The boat was carrying 30 passengers, five of whom were children.
Manus police reported that strong winds and high waves forced the overcrowded boat to capsize just near Pityluh Island.
Police say the passengers were drifting for at least one and a half hour before there were recused. Unfortunately for the three that died, their bodies were washed away by strong currents.