11 Aug 2009

NZ Orion picks up missing Kiribati boat

8:48 pm on 11 August 2009

Three men on a fishing boat which had been missing from Kiribati since Saturday have been found safe and well.

A New Zealand Air Force Orion found the boat about 3pm Tuesday local time 20km east of Tarawa atoll.

The boat left Tarawa atoll early on Saturday morning to fish between Tarawa and Maiana atolls and was scheduled to return to Tarawa later that morning, but became stranded after the propeller on the outboard motor was lost.

This was the fourth international callout for the New Zealand Air Force since 1 August.