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9 people missing at sea

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Vatud Star was grounded at Kukum and two who jumped out of the boat were safe.
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Nine people are still missing as of this morning in two separate incidents, amongst them were two children as the Solomon Islands Maritime Authority confirmed it received three distress situations as a result of the bad weather brought about by TC Judy.

Speaking exclusively to SBMOnline this morning, director of SIMA Thierry Nervale said: “We had 3 search and rescue (SAR) cases we treated at distress situation.”

He revealed that one incident was at West Guadalcanal Komivo-Kombuale area where 6 persons (4 adults and 2 children) are still missing out of 9 after small boat capsized – Search And Rescue (SAR) operation ongoing.

Nervale said the second case is in Ngella where three persons are still missing but unclear if they are still drifting on a small boat or if the small boat capsized – SAR operation ongoing.

He said the third was at Kukum on the grounding of VATUD STAR from which two persons jumped overboard who swam ashore and are safe – SAR operation downsized to reconfirm report.

The country is currently experiencing bad weather caused by TC Judy and a low pressure near Renbel Province.

POLICE ADVICE AND WARNING

Meanwhile, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is appealing to the good people of Solomon Islands to always think safety first when travelling during bad weather.

RSIPF Commissioner Mr. Mangau says, “As it has been issued by the meteorological service of a tropical disturbance overlays the Solomon Islands. It is important for drivers, road users, and sea travellers to always make good judgement and prioritize safety when travelling on our roads or crossing streams or rivers.”

Mangau says, “I want to remind the drivers that speeding must be discouraged when driving along the roads as the roads can be slippery during bad weather. Pedestrians are advised to always carry an umbrella to avoid catching the cold and getting sick.”

Mangau says, “Small boats are advised to be careful on making any trips during this bad weather. Travelers on ships please look after yourselves during this bad weather when travelling and to always inform others of where you are going.”

“Weather is unpredictable and at times we cannot overcome situations caused by nature. It is advisable to always reconsider decisions to travel during rough seas, strong wind and heavy rain,” emphasize Commissioner Mangau.

Parents keep your children indoors to avoid illness and accidents. Don’t allow them to play in the rain or the drain as flooding can occur due to the downpour.

For any emergency you can contact your police on 999 or 23666.

 

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