US and Australia join search for Pacific ferry survivors

The U.S. and Australia are joining the search for survivors from a ferry that sank near the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati after seven people were rescued from a lifeboat.

The New Zealand military discovered the survivors aboard a wooden rowboat on Sunday, more than a week after a ferry carrying an estimated 50 people between two Kiribati islands disappeared.

The survivors told rescuers the ferry sink and they’d floated for four days on the lifeboat and had no water.

New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre says an Australian maritime plane and a U.S. Coast Guard C-1 30 Hercules are due to join the search by Tuesday. The rescue centre says it has already searched an area the size of Germany.

It says the 7 survivors are all in reasonable health.

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