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RFNS Kikau intercepts distressed vessel, passengers are safe

April 19, 2019 4:02 pm
SOURCE: Fiji Maritime Services Rescue Coordination Unit

Fiji Navy’s RFNS Kikau has intercepted the distressed MV Liahona II and is escorting her to Kadavu with passengers remaining on board.

This has been confirmed by the Fiji Maritime Services Rescue Coordination Unit this afternoon.

Once the stricken vessel has safely entered coastal waters, the RFNS Kikau and the deployed medical responders will return to base.

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The inter-island ferry that departed Suva for Kadavu last night lost its ramp on the front of the vessel early this morning and started taking in water with passengers and cargo onboard.

The MV Liahona II that’s owned by South Island Shipping’s is currently in the Kadavu waters, with over 100 passengers on board.

RFNS Kikau was deployed this morning with a crew including medical personnel and assistance from the Volunteer First Responder team.

The distressed vessel maintained a slow & steady course for Kadavu with an aircraft overhead monitoring the situation.

The South Island Shipping is an inter-island ferry operator carrying both passengers and cargo, servicing the islands of Burelevu, Maceva, and Kadavu.

FBC News can confirm the vessel recently resumed operations a week ago after it underwent repair work at the Fiji Ships repair berth.

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