1 Oct 2015

Men spent 30 hours in dinghy

2:34 pm on 1 October 2015

Three men have been found safe after spending more than 30 hours lost in a dinghy near the Tokelau islands.

The Rescue Coordination Centre was alerted on Tuesday afternoon that the men were missing after a squall separated a fleet of small fishing boats.

An Orion flew to the area yesterday and found them after a four-hour search.

Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Roberts said the men had no lifejackets, flares or food, and only a single bottle of water between them.

He said it seemed they lost sight of land after the squall and headed in the wrong direction.