'Kiribati' missing with 50 on board

Saturday, 27 January 2018 - 12:30

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Rescuers are searching for a ferry with an estimated 50 people on board after it went missing in the Kiribati Islands.

The MV Butiraoi departed from Nonouti island on 18 January on a voyage that was expected to last two days.

But it was reported missing on Thursday night(Jan.26) and officials from New Zealand and Fiji are now working to find it.

The vessel is a 17.5m (57ft) wooden catamaran that transports passengers between the islands.

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ), which is assisting with the search, said the ferry left Nonouti ahead of a 260km (160 miles) journey to Betio, which is the country's main port.

A New Zealand Airforce P3 Orion was deployed as part of the rescue operation
Image shows a New Zealand Airforce P3 Orion

The main Kiribati island of Tarawa
Aerial view of Tarawa



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