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Monday 18 May 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rev. Sioeli Finau (63) from Nukunuku is the fisherman who remains missing since heading out to Malinoa Island, off Tongatapu on Monday, 11 May. Police are appealing to fishing boats to report any sightings of him and the missing 25ft boat.
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Tuesday 17 March 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four fishermen who were rescued on Friday night, 13 March after their boat’s engine failed some 54 nautical miles south of Tongatapu were today thankful to New Zealand’s Orion P-3 aircraft and Tongan Navy for the swift search and rescue operation.
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Monday 16 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four fishermen who activated a live beacon on Thursday night, 12 March after their boat’s engine failed 54 nautical miles south of Tongatapu, have been rescued by a Tongan Navy vessel, after an aerial search by a New Zealand Orion P-3 located their position.
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Friday 20 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two fishermen were found this morning floating on their small capsized boat in 'Eua after they were reported missing last night. A third fisherman who managed to swim some two miles to 'Ohonua alerted the police of the incident.
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Tuesday 13 August 2013
Neiafu, Vava‘u
A 42-feet aluminium yacht was towed into Neiafu port last week after it was caught on a reef about four miles off Hunga Island, Vava‘u. A Canadian couple on board were rescued.
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Wednesday 21 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While fears are held for the safety of a missing 15 year old Tonga College student, Timote Kata, from Houma, who failed to return from a fishing trip at Te'ekiu on Monday evening, police remain hopeful of finding him alive as a search enters its second day along the Hihifo sand flats and mangrove coast.
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Thursday 8 November 2012
Wellington, New Zealand:
The injured crew of a yacht that rolled in 10m seas between New Zealand and Tonga are awaiting rescue after activating their emergency beacon at around 6.30pm yesterday (7 November).
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Thursday 21 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Police today ended a search and rescue phase for two Australian sailors who remain missing after their yacht Navillus was wrecked off Late Island last week, but a further search and recovery investigation will be made along neighbouring coastal areas.
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Wednesday 20 June 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a difficult landing on Late Island yesterday, a nine man Tongan search party is returning home this afternoon after conducting a land search for two Australian sailors who remain missing after their yacht Navillus was wrecked off the island on Thursday night last week.
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Monday 18 June 2012
Australia.
I am the partner of one of the missing sailors. I want anyone concerned with the search to know that the cost of fuel for the search must not be an impediment to the search continuing. I will raise the money to pay, I pledge that sincerely. I want my beloved to come home. I am beside myself with grief and fear of losing him. - Sue Love
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Monday 18 June 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah
Late Island's coastline is rugged for landing by large boats, but a dinghy could find a suitable landing place on the northern shorelines. I was stranded on Late Island for a week with two Vava'u strangers as guides when I was 18 years old. - Sione Ake-mei-hakau Mokofisi.
Monday 18 June 2012
Neiafu, Vava'u
While a search for two missing yachtsmen has stalled in Vava'u, Tonga, today, Sunday, searchers still held out a glimmer of hope that the men may have reached the rugged coastline of the uninhabited Late Island where their yacht "Navillus" was reportedly "shredded" after becoming grounded on Thursday night.
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Saturday 16 June 2012
Neiafu, Vava'u
Debris with the name of a missing yacht was found in Tongan waters this morning according to marine-radio reports coming from boats searching waters around Late, a small isolated volcanic island, south west of Vava'u, Tonga.
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Thursday 27 May 2004
Sydney, Australia
I read an article in the Matangi Tonga Online of 27 May 2004, and was overwhelmed and proud to be Tongan but also because my mother's family comes from Hihifo-Pangai, Haapai when I read about the heroic efforts of the people of Pangai, going to the rescue the 450 passengers stranded at Hakauloa Reef on the ferry MV Pulupaki in the early hours of 26 May 2004. -Andrew Fifita J.P.

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