4 Sep 2003

Search continues for survivors fron Fr Polynesian ship

9:42 am on 4 September 2003

A search has resumed this morning for survivors from a French Polynesian ship which sank off Rimatara island.

The Tahiti Nui IV sent a distress signal before it went down yesterday morning shortly after being spotted by a rescue aircraft.

A French helicopter rescued 14 of the 21 people aboard, and three are known to have died.

Four are still missing

Among the victims is the captain, Victor Lenoir.

The ship was carrying heavy construction material bound for Rimatara, when it encountered heavy seas.

No cause for the accident has been established but it is believed the cargo may have shifted causing the ship to capsize.