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Australia: Boat carrying 350 people sinks off PNG
Australian prime minister says boat carrying 350 people has sunk off Papua New Guinea
By The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) ' A boat carrying 350 people sank Thursday off Papua New Guinea, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

SKY News television reported in Australia that the boat had been found and that four ships and two helicopters were involved in a rescue operation.

Gillard said Australia was providing its near neighbor with assistance.

"There has been a boat go down in PNG with, as we understand it, 350 people on board," Gillard told reporters. "This is obviously a major tragedy."

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