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Police search on

Nasik Swami
Sunday, December 09, 2012

THE Fiji Police Force is continuing with its search for four men missing at sea since last Saturday.

Confirming this yesterday, police chief of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said they were using their search boat in Levuka.

The search entered its seventh day yesterday.

According to police, the four were part of seven passengers on board the Yavu Youth which capsized in the Koro Sea.

"We will continue with the search and conduct a review of our search operations within the next 24 hours," ACP Tudravu said.

He said the police was still on the lookout while the Fiji Navy had called off its search last Tuesday.

Navy Commander John Fox said the search was called off because there was no possibility of the survival of the four men.

Cdr Fox urged members of the public to equip themselves and their vessels with all safety gear.

"Take heed of weather forecasts and do not go to the sea when the weather is not permitting," he said.

Meanwhile, allegations have also been levelled against some of those who were on board that they were drinking which resulted in the mishap.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the information of drinking on board was made available by one of the survivors in his statement to police.

"We are yet to question the captain of the ship," Ms Naisoro said.

Meanwhile, police have stepped up checks on vessels to ensure operators comply with the allowable number of passengers to avoid over loading.