2 May 2005

Missing crew safe after vessel missing in Solomons waters

3:22 pm on 2 May 2005

An Australian fishing boat, missing for several weeks in Solomon Islands, has been found, and the six crew are safe and well.

The Ability had not been heard from since April 13th.

Five crew had made it ashore in Malaita two weeks ago where they raised the alarm and a search began last week, but was suspended because of poor weather on thursday.

At the weekend a bulk carrier on its way to New Zealand was diverted after a distress signal was received.

The MV Paolo is expected back in Honiara later today with the crew of the Ability.