Missing 4yo’s body retrieved

The body of a girl who went missing last Thursday, after the overloaded boat she was travelling in capsized in Manus, has been recovered.

The four-year-old’s body was found on Sunday as it drifted ashore at the Naval base beach at Lombrum.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, chief inspector David Yapu, said all missing bodies have now been retrieved and are at the Lorengau Morgue.

The victims were among 30 passengers travelling on a 23-foot, 60 horse powered boat to a funeral when the boat capsized due to strong winds and rough seas near Pityluh Island.

Twenty-seven of the passengers were rescued the same day, while bodies of the missing three were recovered on Friday and Sunday.

Sally Pokiton