Papua New Guinea Ferry Sinks With 350 Onboard
Helicopters, merchant ships join frantic rescue effort
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 12:23 AM CST
The MV Rabaul Queen sent a distress signal early Thursday morning.   (PNG Attitude)

(Newser) – Hundreds of people are missing and feared dead after a ferry with up to 350 people on board sank off Papua New Guinea's northern coast. Merchant ships that arrived on the scene after the Rabaul Queen sent a distress signal have rescued 28 people, and helicopters have joined the operation, reports AP. Australian authorities are also helping to save survivors.