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Ferry sinks off Papua New Guinea

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A ferry with around 350 people on board has sunk off the coast of Papua new Guinea.

It is believed 50 people have been rescued by six merchant ships and three helicopters which rushed to the scene. An Australian search and rescue plane able to drop multiple life rafts is also in the area.

The ship, MV Rabaul Queen, was on its way from Kimbe on the island of New Britain to the mainland city of Lae.

Police in Papua new Guinea say most of the passengers were students and trainee teachers.