Survivors pray for 30 lost in Australia refugee wreck
SYDNEY: Traumatised survivors of a refugee boat wreck off Australia held a private vigil behind bars for the 30 people who died, as debate raged over Canberra's policy on boat people arriving from Asia.
Police divers trawled undersea caves along the coastline of remote Christmas Island but found no further bodies from Wednesday's disaster, in which a rickety boat crowded with up to 100 Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish asylum seekers was dashed against sharp rocks.
The 42 people rescued from the sea now faced the harrowing task of identifying their loved ones among the dead, said police superintendent Gavin Ryan, after the search for survivors was called off late Friday.
Ryan said he expected "to have a definitive answer on how many are actually missing" by Monday, adding that the police focus was now on guiding survivors in identifying the victims-a task he said was about halfway complete.
"It's excruciating for everyone," Ryan said of the identification process. -Afp