10 May 2011

Little hope of finding Kiribati group adrift since Friday

6:50 pm on 10 May 2011

Hopes are fading for six young people missing off the coast of Kiribati, despite an extensive search today.

A New Zealand Air Force Orion plane searched a grid of 44 thousand square kilometres.

The group, who are aged between eight and 19, set out on a three-metre canoe towing a smaller dinghy on Friday to collect palm leaves for roofing.