15 Jan 2016

Solomons men found after five days adrift at sea

8:43 pm on 15 January 2016

Five men who have been missing at sea in Solomon Islands for a week have been found alive.

The SIBC reports that a search and rescue operation found the men and their 21-foot fibreglass boat off the coast of South Malaita.

The men went missing last Friday after they set out on a one-hour trip between Hatcha, in Ulawa, to Fanalei, in Malaita.

A search operation was launched involving ferries, ships and helicopters but no sign of the men was found.

Yesterday, the Solomon Islands Maritime Authorities announced they were scaling down the search for the men.