Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Orion Searching For Boat Off Kiribati

An Air Force Orion will start searching for a fishing boat near Kiribati this morning. The vessel, with five people on board, left Tarawa Atoll to fish on Saturday morning but failed to return as scheduled later that day.A local navy patrol vessel has been searching for the missing boat, but Fiji's Rescue Coordination Centre requested airborne surveillance. It is the fourth international call out for the squadron in 10 days. Wing Commander Nick Olney says it is a timely reminder for all ocean goers to ensure they are equipped for the environment and the unexpected.

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