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Search and rescue underway north of Port Moresby

Thursday 20 June 2013
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has coordinated the rescue of 11 people near Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea following a distress broadcast early this morning.

Tug boat Go Rigel has recovered all crew members from a life raft 80 nautical miles north-west of Port Moresby.

AMSA received a shipping distress call and an emergency beacon activation at 3.30 am on Thursday morning. Two planes and helicopter assisted in the rescue.

The cause of the incident is not known. AMSA is working with Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Port Moresby to gather more information.