ANOTHER search was conducted out at sea yesterday after three men disappeared when their boat capsized in the Taveuni waters.
This is the second sea mishap that has happened in the North within a period of one week.
The captain of the boat managed to swim ashore to an island near Qamea in Taveuni and was seen by a group of villagers who were travelling towards the island.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said villagers on Qamea have assisted police with the search for the three men.
"The four who are from Lovonivonu had left Rabi Island for a fishing trip on another island near Qamea on Tuesday and failed to return on Saturday," he said.
"The matter was reported to police and the search started with the assistance of the villagers.
"But the captain was found when a group of villagers were travelling towards Qamea found him lying on the sandy beach."
Insp Sokomuri said the man was taken to hospital and treated.
"The search is still on and we are pleading to those who love going out fishing to be very cautious and return to land if the waves are too high," he said.
"In that area of Qamea, the winds are usually at high knots accompanied by huge waves so fishermen and those who love going out to sea need to take extra care."
Meanwhile, the captain who went missing out at sea in Bua last weekend has not been found.
Insp Sokomuri said they had continued with the search. The captain had gone with another three men who swam safely to shore.