Solomons students rescued at sea

1:40 pm on 1 February 2018

Twenty Solomon Islands students have been rescued after the boat they were on broke down and left them stranded at sea for two days.

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Solomon Islands Police told local media the students and three crew were found on Tuesday after an alarm was raised by concerned parents.

The boat is owned by the Catholic Diocese in Gizo and had left Moli for Gizo on 28 January, when it suffered mechanical problems and started drifting.

Western Province, Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu told the Solomon Star a tug boat towed the vessel to Posarae, South Choiseul and the students and crew are all safe and well.

He appealed to Solomon Islanders to check the boats are seaworthy and that they have the required marine safety equipment on board.

He said if the weather worsens, the crew need to take necessary action and not put lives at risk.