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Search For Missing Fijians In PNG Continues

Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Esala Teleni confirmed yesterday that the search for the Fijian nationals in Papua New Guinea waters was still continuing. Missing are Kapil Chand,
13 Jun 2017 10:00
Search For Missing Fijians In PNG Continues
Praneel Nand, 42, is a father of three. He is one of the two Fijian Nationals missing in PNG waters

Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Esala Teleni confirmed yesterday that the search for the Fijian nationals in Papua New Guinea waters was still continuing.

Missing are Kapil Chand, 26, and Praneel Nand, 42, and father of three, who is understood to be an Australian with Fijian descent.

Mr Nand is on a short term engagement from Fiji and both are employed with accounting giant KPMG, a well-known firm in PNG.

Speaking to Fiji Sun yesterday, Mr Teleni said there was still no sign of the missing two. The duo have been missing since midday Saturday.

It is understood that around 7.30am on Saturday a vessel by the name ‘Aquatica’ a 23 foot Haynes Hunter with four people on board departed the Royal PNG Yacht Club.

According to a press statement from the Royal PNG Yacht Club general manager Aaron Batts, the search for three men continues as one of the four men was found on Sunday and rescued by a search chopper on Idiha Island.

Mr Batts said families of the men raised an alarm in the evening, and a search and rescue was activated.

The MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) in PNG are working closely with Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Australian High Commission and Australian Defence Force.

The Royal Papua Yacht Club, private members and villagers were also conducting an extensive search.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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