11 Dec 2019

Solomons' boat owners told to be better prepared

3:16 pm on 11 December 2019

Solomon Islands police have issued a warning to boaties to take more care when they go out to sea.

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On Sunday, officers rescued a fibreglass dinghy near Lata in Temotu Province.

The small boat, carrying eight people, had gone missing the previous night.

Police say people should not be travelling in small boats, powered by outboard motors, at night.

Superintendent James Toaki said boat owners needed to ensure they had all the necessary equipment before embarking on any trip.

That included extra paddles, life jackets, enough fuel and a fully operational engine, food and water, and some means of communication.