27 Apr 2005

Search in Solomons for seven missing at sea

1:12 pm on 27 April 2005

A search is still under way in Solomon Islands for seven people missing at sea.

The Australian-registered fishing vessel, MV Ability, has been missing off Edwards Reef in Isabel province.

The Solomon Islands Marine Search and Rescue service says five of the Solomon Islanders on board managed to reach Malaita Island after leaving the boat and paddling four days in a fibreglass canoe.

Among the seven missing is an Australian.

It is believed the Ability developed engine problems.

Planes and ships have been involved in the search.