27 Sep 2002

Search continues for eleven Solomon Islanders missing at sea

10:38 am on 27 September 2002

The search for 11 people missing near the remote TeMotu islands in the Solomon Islands is continuing.

The group, in three canoes, has not been heard from since Sunday morning.

The Search and Rescue Unit in Honiara says a ship it has engaged to search for the missing people, has found no sign of them, but has rescued 3 others.

The Unit says the three, two women and an 18 month old child, had been floating in the water after their canoe capsized.

A Search and Rescue official, Jack Bana, says it was fortunate the ship was in the area, because the trio had not been reported missing.

Meanwhile Mr Bana, says the search for the eleven missing people is continuing, despite poor weather.

He says people in Makira province and the Polynesian island of Sikaiana have been asked to look out for the group.

Mr Bana says previously people adrift off the Temotu islands have sommetimes ended up in the Makira or Malaitan outer islands.