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Fisherman missing at sea

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/07/2020

A man is currently missing at sea after he set out to go sea cucumber diving in Ha’apai.

The Acting Deputy Police Commissioner – ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau says, there were initially two boats including the missing man’s boat which had departed from Patangata to Ha’apai for the purpose of sea cucumber diving.

He stated that there was a total of 14 individuals within these three boats.

He added one boat had engine problems which resulted in the other two boats halting and tending to the engine and eventually fixing it.

The missing man’s boat is a green aluminium boat.

There were warnings for strong gale winds and rough seas for fishermen in small fishing boats.

‘Atunaisa also emphasized to divers and fishermen to stay updated at all times before going out to sea especially in times of heavy rains and strong winds.

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