27 Apr 2017

Tongan sea-goers told to be better prepared

9:51 am on 27 April 2017

The Tongan police have urged fishers and boat owners to make sure they have the necessary safety gear, including communication tools in case anything goes wrong at sea.

This follows the successful search for a fisherman who went missing for three days after setting off on Saturday from Manuka.

The missing fisherman was found off the coast of Tonga waving his paddles.

Tupouniua Veamatahau was found after three days at sea Photo: Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

The man Tupouniua Veamatahau was found on Tuesday after an international search involving New Zealand.

Tonga Broadcasting reports he did not have any communication tools on board.

He was found in a life-raft waving his paddles after he had attempted to row to safety.

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