20 Aug 2016

Four still missing at sea in Solomons

10:02 am on 20 August 2016

Four people are still missing at sea in Solomon Islands after an incident that has prompted police to remind people not to go out to sea in bad weather.

The police say a small boat carrying 13 people left Vella La Vella in Western Province on Wednesday bound for Choiseul.

The boat sunk in high seas about halfway and a police operation managed to find and rescue nine of the passengers.

Four people are still missing.

In a statement, the police say they were called to another missing boat on Wednesday but that one managed to reach its destination after battling through rough seas.

The police are asking people to not go out to sea in poor weather, as even short trips between islands can be dangerous.