28 Sep 2018

Search underway for missing i-Kiribati fishermen

12:19 pm on 28 September 2018

The New Zealand Defence Force is helping search for two i-Kiribati fishermen who have been missing since Tuesday.

An NZDF Orion

An NZDF Orion Photo: NZDF

The missing men, aged 32 and 42, left Kuria island, near Tarawa, in a five metre fishing boat early on Tuesday morning.

Air Commodore Tim Walshe says an Air Force Orion, which was in Fiji, has been sent to join the search, after a request from the Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

The Orion is expected to reach the search area early this afternoon.

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