6 Mar 2012

NZ Air Force rescues Kiribati fisherman

5:37 pm on 6 March 2012

The New Zealand Air Force says its Orion aircraft has succeeded in finding a fisherman missing in Kiribati waters.

It says the plane spotted the man in his 15-foot vessel within 20 minutes of arriving in the search area.

The crew were able to drop supplies, including food, water and a radio, to the man whose vessel had drifted just under 100 kilometres from the fishing ground west of Banaba.

The Defence Force says a second search is underway in the area but has given no details.