PEARLS SLIP OFF QUEEN’S BATON, INTO COOKS LAGOON

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By Cameron Scott

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (The Cook Islands Herald, Jan. 2006) – A strand made up of 100 pearls valued at NZ$10,000 [US$6,800] was lost in Manihiki lagoon when it slipped off the Queen’s Baton as it was being ferried across the lagoon by motor boat.

The unfortunate incident occurred on Tuesday.

[PIR editor’s note: Manihiki island is part of the Cook Islands’ northern group.]

The baton with the pearl strand wrapped around it was being held in one hand by the young man steering the motorboat.

Apparently, he was holding the steering wheel with one hand. His other hand holding the baton happened to tilt backwards and the pearl strand slipped off and fell into the lagoon.

Divers are searching for the pearls.

January 25, 2006

The Cook Islands Herald: http://www.ciherald.co.ck/Times.htm

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