12 Dec 2016

Missing i-Kiribati fishermen found alive after a week at sea

1:08 pm on 12 December 2016

The Royal New Zealand Airforce says three i-Kiribati fishermen who had been missing since last week have been found.

The men were located and uplifted by a passing fishing boat.

They had been missing from the western Kiribati island of Tarawa and were due home a week ago.

The RNZAF yesterday despatched a P-3K2 Orion to help with the search at the request of Fiji's Rescue Coordination Centre, which is responsible for the search area.

A locally based aircraft or boat was not available.

The Orion and crew are on their way back to base at Whenuapai in Auckland.

The Defence Force is sending an Orion aircraft to help the search effort.

The Defence Force is sending an Orion aircraft to help the search effort. Photo: PHOTO NZ