Search for fishermen missing off Samoa suspended – update #6
18 December 11.40am
fishermen missing off Samoa suspended – update
The search for four missing fishing boats and
their 10 crew missing off Samoa following last week’s
cyclone was suspended this morning. Three days of searching
involving a RNZAF P3 Orion and a French Navy Gardian
aircraft failed to find any sign of the men.
Police Superintendent after consultation with the Rescue
Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has asked to scale
down the search for the men, from, after the RNZAF P3 Orion
completed a final visual search of one of the smaller
islands this morning.
RCCNZ Search and Rescue Coordinator
Neville Blakemore said the search could be reactivated if
new information came to hand.
“We are confident that the
area has been thoroughly covered in difficult
circumstances,” he said. “This is obviously a tragic
outcome for the families of the men involved and our
thoughts are with them.”
While the submerged hull of a
vessel was found, it is yet to be determined if this was one
of the four missing vessels. The aerial and sea search, by
Samoa Police, found no sign of the
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