KIRIBATI TEACHERS MISSING AT SEA

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TARAWA, Kiribati (November 7, 2000 - Radio Kiribati/PINA Nius Online)---Officials at the Marine Guard have sent a message to all vessels that fish in Kiribati waters to look for five people traveling by small boat from Maiana to Tarawa. They departed a week ago and have not yet arrived.

A report from the Marine Guard said three of the passengers are primary school teachers, two of whom are women who just graduated from Kiribati Teachers College and teach at Nei Abitabu Primary School in Maiana.

Radio Kiribati News was told by relatives of the teachers that they were traveling to Tarawa to collect their teaching equipment from the Ministry of Education.

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