12 Aug 2009

Missing fishing boat located by RNZAF

8:25 am on 12 August 2009

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion has found a fishing boat missing from Kiribati since Saturday with the three men aboard safe and well.

The RNZAF crew located the boat about 20km east of Tarawa atoll on Tuesday afternoon.

The boat's propeller had been damaged.

It was the fourth international callout for the air force within ten days, including the search for survivors from the Tongan ferry sinking.