13 Mar 2015

Tongan Navy vessel conducts rescue misson

3:06 pm on 13 March 2015

The Tongan Navy Vessel VOEA Neiafu has been called on to conduct a rescue mission after authorities were alerted to a distress signal from a local fishing boat.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand picked up the live beacon activation and notified Tongan Police.

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Tonga navy Photo: Supplied

An Orion P-3 aircraft from New Zealand conducted an aerial search that located the boat at around 54 Nautical Miles south of Fua'amotu.

It confirmed there were 4 men on board and the boat engine had failed.

The VOEA Neiafu has left Nuku'alofa and is expected to reach the men later today.