Search To Find Missing Kiribati Fishermen Yet To See Success

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Rescuers have located one man’s body, two others not yet found

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 18, 2013) – The Kiribati marine search and rescue team is not holding out much hope for locating two remaining fishermen lost at sea.

One fisherman’s body was pulled from the water, three days after the crew were reported missing on August the 30th.

A New Zealand plane located the damaged and upturned boat the following day.

"The Director of Marine, Captain Ruoikabuti Tioon, says it’s clear the men did not have any emergency equipment with them, and the man was found 3 kilometres from the remote island of Arorae."

"The ship that assisted us in the search and rescue mission exhausted their resources, they were running out of fuel. The nearest island is also very far from the place where they did the search, so we continue to broadcast to nearby fishing ships passing by the vicinity of Arorae island to keep or maintain a lookout for two missing men."

Captain Ruoikabuti Tioon says tough new regulations for fishing crews are still being drafted and will not be ready until late this year or early next year.

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