Crew Of Sunken Boat Rescued In Solomon Islands

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Rough seas blamed for sinking of logging company’s craft

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 17, 2013) – Six crew members from a landing craft which sank in Solomon Islands have been rescued, just as a rescue operation was being called off.

The LC Global Lesterie, owned by a foreign-owned logging company, sank between Isabel and Savo Islands in rough seas on June 9.

Search and rescue authorities say the crew was floating on a life raft when a foreign commercial vessel picked them up and took them to the capital, Honiara.

Earnest Legumana from the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration says the survivors were found near the Russell Islands group.

"They were all safe and they're health was still good," he said. "They were strong and they were brought to hospital for checks."

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