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Passenger boat found submerged and empty

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Nov. 30, 2010) - Four people are feared dead in the Marshall Islands after their empty boat was found half submerged in the open ocean.

A U.S. Navy C-130 aircraft that joined the search for the boat earlier yesterday sighted the craft yesterday evening in a vertical position.

The search is continuing for the three Marshall Islanders and one American who left Arno Atoll last Friday in a 13-foot outboard engine boat headed for the capital Majuro.

[PIR editor’s note: A previous report indicates it has been over 3 days since the 4 passengers departed on a small boat with a 40hp engine for Majuro. One of the passengers is American James Debrueys of New Orleans, Louisiana who has been working on Arno since August as a volunteer elementary school teacher for the Harvard University-based WorldTeach program. Another is a pregnant woman who supposedly was to arrive in Majuro to deliver her baby.]

The boat was located about 16 kilometers south of Arno Atoll which is about 50 kilometers from the starting point of its journey.

The two atolls are about 25 kilometers apart.

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