Tonga

Passenger ferry founders and a second ship goes aground as Cyclone Ami hits Tonga

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An inter island passenger ferry foundered overnight near Nuku'alofa ...the vessel is currently on its side on a reef 500 metres off shore, the ship I thought was involved in rescue was also aground on the reef, locals tell me that only the crew was on board and all survived...unconfirmed.....the crew of the ferry and the second ship are still aboard the second vessel.....some structural damage in Nuku'alofa but doesnt appear severe, winds probably peaked at 180kph at around 9 pm last night.... some outer islands will have fared worse....07 00 hrs NZDT 15 Jan ....video avaliable now along with still photos