16 Jun 2017

15 people missing at sea in Solomon Islands

12:08 pm on 16 June 2017

15 mainly young people are still missing in Solomon Islands after their boat capsized in bad weather.

Pacific search and rescue

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They were travelling from West Are'are in Malaita province to Marau on Guadalcanal on Wednesday.

The Solomon Star said two boats were doing the crossing together but one, carrying 23 people, failed to make it.

Police said eight people were rescued but one of them has died since.

Police with the help of the Search and Rescue team have been out in the sea to look for the remaining bodies.

The other boat with about 21 people onboard arrived safely.