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Divers missing at sea

Maciu Malo
Friday, November 16, 2012

THE search is on for four divers believed to be missing in waters surrounding the Yasawa Group.

Police spokeswoman in the west Naina Ragigia said the men were last seen at the Lautoka wharf on Wednesday morning.

She has asked for people living on the islands to be on the lookout for the missing men.

"The last we heard is that the four men were drifting in their punt past Viwa Island and we believe they had problems with the outboard engine," Ms Ragigia said.

"A search has been conducted by police and we are pleading with members of the public to keep a lookout for the missing men."

The incident has prompted police to remind mariners to take precautionary measures while at sea.

"This is not the first time such an incident has happened and we are pleading with the people to always have a back-up plan while out at sea," said Ms Ragigia.

"Lives are lost because of negligence or not heeding advice."

Meanwhile, police are still searching for the three remand inmates who escaped from the Nadi Police Station.

On the run are Daniel Thomas, Maleli Sigaduavinaka and Nacanieli Bakata. Ms Ragiagia has warned members of the public against harbouring escapees.

"This is illegal and those found guilty will face the full brunt of the law.

"We are also requesting members of the public to report to their nearest police any information they have regarding the escapees."