SEARCH FOR MISSING VANUATU FERRY

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (May 11, 1999 - Radio Australia)---An air-sea search will resume today for an inter-island ferry with 25 people aboard missing for four days in the Vanuatu island group.

The 36-foot vessel left the capital, Port Vila, last Friday in deteriorating weather conditions to sail to a nearby island.

It should have arrived the same day.

It was last seen 25 nautical miles north of Port Vila.

A search by Vanuatu-based vessels and aircraft has failed to find any trace of the vessel.

A French naval reconnaissance aircraft took off from Noumea at first light today to continue the search.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR VANUATU PLANE CRASH VICTIMS

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (May 11, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The search continues for passengers of the Twin Otter VanAir plane that crashed in Port Vila Bay on Saturday night.

Radio Australia correspondent Daniel Guille reports that seven passengers still are missing.

"The plane, which was carrying 12 passengers, was approaching the airport but lost contact minutes before arriving.

"The five survivors who managed to get out of the plane and swam for six hours before reaching the coast reported that there was no visibility because of heavy rain."

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