POLICE have reiterated the need to adhere to weather warnings following a recent boat mishap in the North.
Acting police commander Northern SSP Fulori Rainibogi yesterday said it was irresponsible for the government team to travel out at sea at the height of the storm.
"We are government workers and we should be the ones setting the example for the public. But yet a team went ahead and we hope that doesn't happen again.
"We hope good sense prevails at all times, especially when making decisions during times of uncertainty like the stormy weather that hit us.
"Our lives are more important and we can always postpone trips for better weather but let's work together and save lives."
SSP Rainibogi said it cost government a lot of money to conduct sea searches.
"So, at all times, it will be good for the public to make the right choices and think of their lives first."
On Thursday, a government team, while returning from a village in Udu Point, was forced to swim ashore after their boat capsized.
The incident happened at the height of a storm that hit the region at that time.
Nine officials swam ashore and spent the night at Nukudamu Village in Udu.