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20 students rescued at sea in Choiseul Province

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Update: 3:21PM SOLOMON Islands: TWENTY students and three crew members of a small vessel owned by the Catholic Diocese in Gizo, Western Province, were rescued yesterday in waters near Choiseul province.

The vessel had left Moli for Gizo on Sunday, January 28 when the vessel developed mechanical problems.

Provincial Police Commander, Western Province, Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu said they began their search early on Monday, January 29 outside of Vella la Vella and Kolombangara.

He said it was not until early in the morning of Tuesday, January 30 that the vessel was located near Choiseul. 

"All persons on board the vessel are safe and well. A tugboat towed the vessel to Posarae, South Choiseul. The tugboat was boarded by two Police officers from Taro Police Station," PPC Lenialu said.

Police acknowledged all those who were involved in the search, including the tugboat owners from

Legavana logging camp, Posarae, South Choiseul and Kolombangara Forest Product Limited (KFPL) at Ringi, as well his officers.

"I want to strongly remind people in the Western Province to take heed of warnings given out, especially the need to check the weather before embarking on any boat trip during the current weather situation.

"Make sure you check that your boat or small vessel is seaworthy and you have the required marine safety equipment on board. Safety is very important."

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