Search for missing Kiribati ferry locates 7 survivors


Seven survivors from a ferry which disappeared more than a week ago have been found by search and rescue teams in the Pacific Ocean.

A New Zealand air force P3 Orion search aircraft dropped supplies, including water and a radio, to the people on the dinghy.

SIX adults and an unconscious baby have been found drifting in the Pacific Ocean more than a week after their ferry capsized.

The Orion is hovering overhead until the fishing boat arrives.

New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre said an Australian maritime jet and a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules are due to join the search by Tuesday.

The remoteness of the search area, which lies some 800km west of Kiribati, was adding to the challenge of the rescue effort, Johnston said.

New Zealand has been coordinating the search since Saturday.

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Según Yildirim, la entrada se realizó desde el municipio de Gülbaba, en la provincia de Kilis, el punto más al norte de la zona bajo control kurdo, a unos 30 kilómetros de la ciudad de Afrin .

Commodore Webb said that with passengers and fishermen traveling between Kiribati's 32 atolls, often in "rudimentary vessels", it was not unusual for voyages to run late, or for New Zealand to be called upon to help find boats. The two agencies weren't able to immediately reconcile their differing accounts.

Senior Search and Rescue Officer John Ashby said: "We are doing everything we can to locate this ferry and its passengers".

The 56-foot wooden catamaran vanished on January 18 after leaving for what was supposed to be a two-day voyage.

"The plan now is for the fishing boat with those survivors on board to stay in the region, so that they can act as a further support vessel for the search for any more survivors", Webb told RNZ.

Named the MV Butiraoi, the 17.5-metre (57-foot) wooden catamaran left Nonouti Island bound for South Tarawa on January 18, according to authorities.

The first clues indicated a problem at the ferry's propeller shaft, as it underwent repairs a few hours before leaving.

Kiribati is a remote, impoverished nation that is home to about 108,000 people.