KIRIBATI DRIFTERS RETURN HOME

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TARAWA, Kiribati (May 19, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Two boat crews from the Kiribati capital, Tarawa, who became lost at sea and were found and rescued in different locations in the Pacific Ocean, flew home aboard Air Nauru last week.

Two teachers at St. Louis Catholic secondary school, Brother Asema Williams from Samoa and Tongan Ikenisio Lataimua, drifted out to sea in a small boat and were unable to return to port. Eventually, they landed in Papua New Guinea, Radio Kiribati reports.

The other party, fishermen Teiwaki Tabane and Tengore Tengore from South Tarawa, were sighted and rescued by a Chinese fishing vessel, Zong Yuan Yu, No. 18, close to Banaba Island after they, too, lost control of their small boat. The Kiribati fishermen were taken to the Federated States of Micronesia, from where they flew back to Tarawa.

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