Missing boat with ten people at sea now safe at Hae Village in Russell Islands

Police in Central Province have confirmed that a missing boat at sea with ten people on their way to Sepi in Isabel during Christmas now safe at Hae Village in Russel Islands.

Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Inspector Walter Manefakale says, “The missing people are now ashore at Hae Village in Russell Islands, along the Pavuvu passage. There were three females and seven males on the boat.”

PPC Manefakale says, “Report received that the skipper of the boat was drunk and could not find where they were traveling to in Isabel. The boat was a hired to drop off passengers at Sepi.”

Inspector Manefakale says, “The engine is okay but they have no fuel to complete their journey.

RSIPF would like to remind boat owners and skippers of the importance of sea safety. Before you travel, please plan your trip properly. Here are some safety points to remember before travelling:

  • Plan your trip and let at least a member of your family know where you are going and what time you expect to arrive;
  • Check the weather on SIBC or call the Met Service on 23658 or toll free 933;
  • If you start your trip and the weather becomes bad, seek shelter until the sea is calm;
  • Make sure your boat is seaworthy and your OBM is serviced and maintained;
  • Know your skipper. Make sure they are experienced in driving boats;
  • Do not overload your boat
  • Wear life jackets. Take food and water, paddles, first aid kit, anchor and rope, mirror to signal others, tools, bucket, torch, phone, flares and EPIRB;
  • Take extra fuel and
  • If your skipper is drunk, do not go with them or let them control the boat;

If you require help, at sea call the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) on phone 21609 or 27685 or the toll free phone 977; or call the RSIPF National Communication Centre on phone 23666 or the toll free phone 999. Safety at sea starts with you. IF YOU ARE NOT TOO SURE, STAY ASHORE