The search for 10 fishermen missing off Samoa following last
week's Tropical Cyclone has been suspended.
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand said they have been
asked to scale down the search by the amoa Police
Superintendent, after a three day of search involving a RNZAF
P3 Orion and a French Navy Guardian aircraft failed to find
The men were aboard four different vessels, with the search
encompassing a 5000 square kilometre area.
The decision to suspend the search was made after the RNZAF
P3 Orion completed a final search of one of the smaller
islands this morning, however RCCNZ search and rescue
coordinator Neville Blakemore said the search could be
reactivated if new information came to hand.
"We are confident that the area has been thoroughly covered
in difficult circumstances," he said.
"This is obviously a tragic outcome for the families of the
men involved and our thoughts are with them."
While the hull of one vessel believed to be one missing boats
was found, an aerial and sea search by Samoa Police found no
sign of the men.