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Children Among 7 Rescued Drifting At Sea

Two children were among the seven people from Gau Island, who were rescued around midday yesterday after they were adrift at sea while on their way to mainland Viti Levu
15 Nov 2018 10:34
Children Among 7 Rescued Drifting At Sea

Two children were among the seven people from Gau Island, who were rescued around midday yesterday after they were adrift at sea while on their way to mainland Viti Levu to vote.

The Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Coordination Centre received a report that seven people were on board a fibreglass boat that was drifting in the Lomaiviti Group waters.

According to reports, the seven people left Nawaikama Village in Gau early yesterday morning to cast their vote in Suva.

A Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division fleet operations officer, who did not want to be named, said the seven people had sent them a picture via Viber to advise them of their situation and location as well requested for assistance.

He said as soon as they received the picture, a rescue boat was directed to the location to assist the people on board.

The officer said they had co-ordinated with the Fiji Police Force and Turaga ni Koro (Village Headman) of Verata, Tailevu, for assistance of the people adrift. By then they had prepared for the rescue boat to search for the seven people adrift at sea.

“If the people did not have their mobile phones on them or charged, the Naval Division would not have had any idea of their location when conducting its search,” the officer said.

“It is important for people to be cautious of the weather and ensure they had fuel, mobile phones charged and lifesaving items on board as they prepare for their sea journey.”
Edited by Percy Kean

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