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Saturday 22 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After 17 nights of camping in tents outside the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. office at Queen Salote Wharf, anticipating news of relatives in the August 5 sinking of the MV Princess Ashika, bereaved families put closure to the hope of recovery and returned home on Friday July 21.
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Saturday 22 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The aerial and surface search for survivors from the MV Princess Ashika disaster has ended, Tonga's Police Commander Chris Kelley announced on 21 August.
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Thursday 20 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There were 128 persons on board the Princess Ashika when it left Nuku'alofa on its August 5 voyage, Operation Ashika confirmed on August 19. These have been established as: 54 rescued, 2 bodies recovered, 72 missing persons (68 passengers and 4 crew).
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sitting in an upright position, the sunken MV Princess Ashika can be clearly seen in a video captured by a Remote Underwater Operating Vehicle working at over 100 metres on the Ha'apai seabed, including evidence of human remains observed by a navy survey team yesterday.
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fasi-moe-Afi bridegroom, Sione Valele 'Elone (43), was on his way to Ha'apai to be married to his sweetheart, Vahengalu He of Pangai. Travelling with him on the fatal voyage of the Princess Ashika on August 5 were his cousin, choir-master, Veuveuso 'Elone (34) and a friend, a North Otago rugby player, Matoni 'Aho (29).
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Almost two weeks after the sinking of their vessel, MV Princess Ashika the Chairperson and members of the board of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. made a first public statement on August 17, expressing their condolences and sympathy to families who have lost members.
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Wednesday 19 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The loss at sea of a young family of four - Manukeu and Losaline Kauhala and two their three daughters - is a tragedy that has struck a heavy blow to the heart of two Tongatapu families.
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Tuesday 18 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Newly-wed Heilala Fetu'u (23) longs to see the husband she married on July 30 and who was lost at sea only one week later. By Linny Folau
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Sunday 16 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A New Zealand navy vessel the HMNZ Manawanui arrived in Tonga at the weekend with a support team to assist in the reconnaissance of the sunken ferry MV Princess Ashika in the Ha'apai Group. Photos by Patricia Car
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Sunday 16 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Blue Ribbon campaign in solidarity of the lives lost at sea was launched on August 14 in an emotional ceremony held outside the Shipping Corporation Office at Queen Salote Wharf, where many families have been camping outside in tents for days waiting on news of loved ones who were passengers on board the sunken ferry MV Princess Ashika.
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Sunday 16 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Donations to the Ashika Relief Fund have reached over $600,000 pa'anga the Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Busby Kautok, said on August 14 on receiving a $2,000 donation from the Staff Association Committee of the Westpac Bank of Tonga.
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Thursday 13 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Operation Ashika this afternoon released 37 names, on the first confirmed list of passengers and crew missing following the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5, 2009.
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Thursday 13 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A grieving father, Rev. Sione Taufa (63), was thankful today after he was allowed to see his daughter Vaefetu'u Mahe (22), whose body was the second and last to be recovered after the tragic sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5.
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Wednesday 12 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Devastated mother, 'Iunisi Latu (42) of Halaleva is mourning the loss of two daughters Lima Lei (nee 'Alimoni) and Mele 'Alimoni who are among the missing on the MV Princess Ashika sinking in Ha'apai on August 5.
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Wednesday 12 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An underwater search team has this morning, August 12, located what appears to be the sunken vessel Princess Ashika, lying upright in 110 metres of water, at the position indicated by the emergency beacon and final radio call, 11 nautical miles south southwest of Nomuka in the Ha'apai Group.
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Tuesday 11 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga police have identified the female body recovered from the sea, as 22-year-old wife and mother, Vaefetu'u Mahe (nee Taufa) of Vava'u, whose husband and child are among the 93 still missing after the sinking of MV Princess Ashika on August 5.
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Tuesday 11 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A rope believed to be associated with the MV Princess Ashika wreckage was located yesterday evening within the vicinity of the original search area of the first mission by the TDS Voea Savea patrol vessel, Commander Andrew McMillan said this morning.
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Monday 10 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No wreckage or bodies from the MV Princess Ashika were found yesterday in the first underwater mission conducted by the combined Australia and New Zealand Dive team, using underwater-specialised search equipment.
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Monday 10 August 2009
Nuku'alofa,Tonga
Sunday was a sombre day in Tonga with many people wearing black, and attending church services where they remembered the missing and the dead, and gave thanks for those who survived the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5.
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Sunday 9 August 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Energetic and outgoing, a young Niuean policewoman Sisiliah Puleheloto (24) is remembered as a happy, smiling person who loved serving her own community and the people in the Solomons, where she was working on the RAMSI mission, before coming to Tonga last week for a joyful reunion with her cousins. By Linny Folau
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