A comprehensive team rescue coordination effort was conducted on Thursday afternoon after a boat capsized while on it’s way to Naviti, Yasawa with 9 person onboard including three children.
The Fiji Navy (RCC Fiji) received a call at 1348h after which a helicopter was dispatched to locate the survivors and support rescue efforts by Turtle Island resort punts and volunteers who were conducting surface searches.
The survivors who were clinging on the capsized punt, were rescued by vessels engaged in surface searches.
They were later transported to Turtle Island resort for safety and medical check before returning to their villages.
A big thank you to all that contributed in this SAR effort, Ministry of Defence National Security and Policing, Airports Fiji (Aeronautical Rescue Sub-Centre), Island Hoppers, MoH Lautoka, Fiji Police Force, Pacific Flying School (DQ-FTE), but more importantly to Turtle Island Staff and Yasawa villagers and a special mention and gratitude to Turtle Island Resort Owner, Richard Evanson JNR for approving the rescue by the Turtle Island boat & crew, his team at turtle island,Mr Bill Mualele and Lavenia Naivalu from Malakati who were regularly in contact with RCC Fi