10 Jul 2011

Missing boat located off Guadalcanal

1:03 pm on 10 July 2011

Ten people have been winched to safety by helicopter from a small boat which has been drifting off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands since Tuesday.

The group went missing in rough seas as they were going to work in a small boat.

A joint search was initiated by the Solomon Islands Martime Safety Authority, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Australian Search and Rescue.

The vessel was located by an RAAF Orion and a rescue helicopter was dispatched to pick them up.

Officials say there were no serious injuries and the group was taken to hospital in the capital, Honiara.