Search for missing German national in Western Province

HONIARA, (SOLOMON STAR) – A search is on for a foreign national believed to have fallen over board, after his boat was found at Sambora Village, Vella la Vella on Monday.

Police in the Western Province are mounting the search.

Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province, Chief Superintendent, Mathias Lenialu, said reports reaching his office said a 50-year-old German national was travelling from Liapari to Gizo but failed to reach his destination.

“Currently we are engaged with other stakeholders in a search at sea for that missing person. Our search is covering the seas between Vella la Vella, Kolombangara and Gizo,” said PPC Lenialu.

“I appeal to mariners to assist us in a lookout for this man,” he continued.

He reminded the people of Western Province to listen out for the weather and marine forecast that is usually issued by the Solomon Islands Meteorology office through the SIBC or check the Met Service website before travelling out to sea.

“If you are already out on your trip and the weather starts to get worse please make an attempt to find shelter until it is safe for you to travel,” Lenialu reiterated.

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