THE Fisheries Department has joined forces with the police to search for three Batinikama fishermen in Labasa who went missing in the Bua waters early this week.
Principal fisheries officer Northern Joji Vakawaletabua said they were aware of the incident and had deployed a team to conduct the search.
"We are working with the police to locate the missing fishermen. Right now, we have not located them but we still are continuing our search."
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said their search was delayed as a result of the wet weather conditions experienced earlier in the week.
"But it's good news to note that the fishermen are keeping in touch with their families.
"Even though they are encountering cellular reception problems, they have informed their loved ones they are anchored between Celrock and Yalewakalou," he said.
"Our teams have been conducting the search and we are doing everything we can to locate the fishermen.
"At about 7.30pm on Monday, one of the passengers of the boat rang his wife and stated that their boat engine developed problems.
"Investigation into the matter continues."