20 Mar 2009

NZ Air Force rescues boat crew off Tonga

3:19 pm on 20 March 2009

The New Zealand Air Force has helped rescue four people stranded on a boat off the Tongan coast, including a top dignitary.

An Orion has dropped radios and equipment to the stricken aluminium boat on Friday, which was overdue by two days.

The Governor of Ha'apai and his staff were on the boat.

A Tongan patrol craft is now sailing to their aid.