MV Cagivou responds to distress call

The MV Uluinabukelevu was drifting in Lomaiviti waters after encountering engine problems. Picture: SUPPLIED

GOVERNMENT vessel MV Cagivou responded to a distress call resulting in the safe rescue of passengers and crew on board the MV Uluinabukelevu last night.

According to a Police statement issued this morning the crew and passengers of MV Cagivou assisted in the the safe rescue of 17 passengers and crew of the MV Uluinabukelevu.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said information was received from a senior police officer who was in Gau that the MV Uluinabukelevu was drifting in Lomaiviti waters after encountering engine problems.

“The MV Cagivou left Vanuaso, Gau and sailed towards the drifting vessel to rescue the passengers on board,” Ms Naisoro said.

“After 8pm information was received that all 17 passengers on board MV Uluinabukelevu were rescued and transferred onto the MV Cagivou with nil casualties and the vessel had been towed to Levuka to await the arrival of the tug boat from Suva.”

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