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MV Princess Civa Arrives Safely In Kabara

A cargo and passenger vessel carrying church members and crew had been adrift for most of yesterday arrived safely in Kabara last night. The vessel, MV Princess Civa, left Lakeba for
02 May 2016 10:39
MV Princess Civa Arrives Safely In Kabara
The MV Princess Civa

A cargo and passenger vessel carrying church members and crew had been adrift for most of yesterday arrived safely in Kabara last night.

The vessel, MV Princess Civa, left Lakeba for Kabara at 7am and by yesterday afternoon there was still no word on the vessel.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the vessel was reportedly drifting somewhere between Lakeba and Oneata.

He said the vessel was picking up church members for the divisional meeting which was scheduled to be held in Kabara. The head of the Maritime Surveillance Centre, Lieutenant Commander Saula Tuilevuka confirmed last night that the vessel arrived safely in Kabara last evening.

“Our surveillance team, who were on the case, were notified late yesterday of the vessel’s safe arrival.”

Lieutenant Commander Tuilevuka said the vessel was owned by Natokalau Shipping but efforts to contact or locate the owners had been unsuccessful throughout yesterday.

The vessel, which was converted from a fishing boat to a cargo and passenger vessel, services the islands in the Lau Group.

“It’s one of those normal cargo vessels usually seen around the islands.”

Lieutenant Commander Tuilevuka said the Lau waters yesterday had 10 to 15 knots winds which meant the seas were not rough.

“We suspect it developed engine problems which is why it was drifting.” He said a Navy vessel had been put on standby and was ready to be deployed yesterday.

Four adrift in Lau waters

Meanwhile, a fibreglass boat with four people on board was also adrift in the Lau waters yesterday but had since been found and was towed to Vanuabalavu.

Inspector Weicavu said the boat left Tuvuca for Susui Village in Vanuabalavu when it developed engine problems and started drifting.

Commander Tuilevuka said the boat was spotted by a fibreglass boat and it was towed to Vanuabalavu without any mishap.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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