Search for eight missing fishermen off Samoa - update #2
The search for eight fishermen missing from three boats off
Samoa following last week’s cyclone will resume in the
The Rescue Coordination Centre New
Zealand (RCCNZ) has spoken to the crew of both the RNZAF P3
Orion and French Navy, which searched the coast and sea area
south of Samoa today. No sign has yet been seen of the
The RCCNZ has been advised by Samoan
authorities that the hull spotted by the Orion on the island
of Apolima has since been there for some weeks and is not
one of targets of the current search.
awaiting information from the skipper of one of the missing
vessels who reached the island of Monono.
also reported a possible sighting of a hull floating 45km
west of Monono but this has yet to be confirmed as one of
the boats being targeted in the search.
The air search
will not resume until approximately 8am (NZ time) tomorrow
(Monday, 17 December).
There will be no further update
until at least that
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