2 Aug 2003

Eight people still missing on small boat in French Polynesia waters

7:42 am on 2 August 2003

A search is continuing in French Polynesia's Tuamotu archipeligo for six adults and two small children missing at sea for three days

Their 23 foot boat was travelling from Amanu atoll to Tauere - a journey which should have taken about three hours.

Yesterdays extensive search efforts using three French military aircraft yeilded no results.

Officials say the boat has no lifejackets, no radio and no flares.