Search called off for nine lost at sea in Solomons
January 31, 2020 11:45 am
Solomon Islands police boat. Photo: Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
Nine people lost at sea in the Solomon Islands are now presumed dead with the official search called off.
The group of five men, two women, and two children set out from Gizo, the capital of Western Province on 15 January heading for South Choiseul province.
Five days after their disappearance their outboard motor canoe was found capsized and adrift in the waters of neighboring Isabel province.
The Solomon Star reported a chief from South Choiseul, Rence Zama, saying the search had been called off last week.
Mr Zama said only the boat and some belongings were found stretched across two provinces.
Police have urged people planning island crossings to make sure they have functioning safety equipment, extra supplies and to monitor the weather closely.