13 Dec 2016

Missing Tongan man and son found

3:03 pm on 13 December 2016

A Tongan man and his son who went missing while on a fishing trip three days ago have been found.

The 40-year-old man and his 14-year-old son from 'Eua went on a fishing trip on Saturday 10 December.

The pair were in a 14ft boat and left about 5:30am local time.

Tonga Police said they last made contact by mobile phone on Saturday evening advising of engine problems.

A Marine Search and Rescue operation was launched but was unsuccessful prompting police to request help from New Zealand.

A Royal New Zealand Airforce Orion left New Zealand at 9am and has found the missing fishermen.

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