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Navy search goes on

Ana Madigibuli And Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

THE search for the four missing men at sea resumed at daybreak today.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said four of the seven men on board the Yavu Youth fibreglass boat were still missing. Three, including the captain, were rescued.

"Three men are now safe on land with the captain being rescued by a search team," Ms Naisoro said.

She said one of the men had swum ashore to Natokalau Village in Ovalau yesterday morning.

"The man who had swam to Natokalau Village was one of the four Public Works Department workers who had accompanied the other six passengers on the Yavu Youth fibreglass boat."

"He is now admitted at Levuka Hospital," Ms Naisoro said.

She said the government vessel — MV Vatulawa and naval boat FNS Kiro — are still searching in waters around Ovalau.

She added both vessels berthed at the Levuka Wharf.

Filipe Koroi, the Batiki teacher who swam to shore yesterday, thanked teachers in Levuka who were looking after him at the hospital.

He also thanked the family at Natokalau that welcomed him when he knocked on their door early yesterday.

"I am thankful that all my prayers were answered."

The cabin of the boat washed ashore on Daku Village in Moturiki.


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