Authorities in Milne Bay have extended search and rescue operations for another three days for at least nine people still missing from a boating accident last Friday.
They are now engaging a bigger vessel to search the open sea.
An overloaded dingy, traveling from West Fergusson towards mainland Awaiama, confronted bad weather and capsized near Girumia Point.
Three people were rescued, one body found, and nine people remain unaccounted for.
Acting Provincial Disaster Coordinator Steven Tobessa confirms a three day extension has been decided on beginning this Friday through to Monday when the exercise will most likely be officially called off.
They've engaged dinghies and a helicopter but poor visibility and bad weather have been the biggest hindrance to their efforts to finding the nine still missing.
Mr Tobessa today confirms a bigger vessel has now been engaged to cover the areas that the dinghies have not been able to go into owing to rough seas in the Fergusson, Normanby Goodenough to north coast Cape Vogel and through to East Cape
Most of those missing are children with at least three adults.