Rescued on Ramos
EIGHT men narrowly escaped death this week when their outboard motor powered boat sunk.
The boat left Honiara on Monday for Sepi Village, Isabel Province, when it sunk because of overloading.
Isabel Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Gabriel Manelusi said they were informed on Tuesday after one of the passengers swam ashore to a nearby Island named Vitora and told villagers from Sepi about their ordeal.
Mr Manelusi said Police with the help of villagers contacted Sumitomo Mining Company who dispatched a helicopter and a boat to search.
He said the survivors were located at Ramos Island in Malaita Province and were transported to their home village.
“All of them were safe as they were rescued in time.”
The PPC said police are conducting an investigation into the matter.
“Police are taking the matter seriously as such incident can cost lives. We were also informed that these men were under the influence of alcohol.”
Mr Manelusi warned people in the province of overloading when travelling at sea.
He pointed out that it was during festive periods that people used to overload boats when travelling.
He called on outboard motors travelling in and out of the province to inform police so that they can be monitored.
The PPC saluted Sepi Community for mobilising themselves in time and Sumitomo Company for providing logistics which resulted in the successful search.
The survivors were all adult males and a youth.
By Jennifer Kakai
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