11 Aug 2009

NZ Air Force picks up missing Kiribati boat

9:35 pm on 11 August 2009

Three men on a fishing boat which has been missing from Kiribati since Saturday have been found safe and well.

A New Zealand Air Force Orion found the boat about 3pm Tuesday local time about twenty kilometres east of Tarawa atoll.

The boat's propellor had been damaged, causing the boat's engine to stop.

It was the fourth international callout for the Air Force within ten days.