Seven survivors found after New Zealand Air Force spotted two small missing boats in Pacific Ocean | World News


Seven people who went missing for days on two small boats in the Pacific Ocean have been found by New Zealand Air Force, near the remote nation of Kiribati.

An 11-year-old boy was among the people who were rescued.

The boats were spotted within 18.5 kilometres of each other after they went missing in separate incidents from the island, a military spokesman said.

He added one boat drifted 280 kilometres away from its intended course while the other boat was closer to Makin Islands, where it had originally gone missing.

Remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, South of Hawaii
Remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, South of Hawaii

The crew on the Orion plane dropped survival kits with water and locator beacons to those on the boat, before contacting boats nearby to rescue them.

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In a social media post, the Kiribati government announced they made a request to New Zealand to send a search and rescue team before the survivors were found.

In this image supplied by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, crew wave to a RNZAF Orion near Makin Island in Kiribati, Monday, May 23, 2022. New Zealand...s military said Tuesday, May 24, 2022, that an air force plane found seven people who had gone missing. They were aboard two small boats near the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati. (RNZAF via AP)
New Zealand military dropped survival kits and locator beacons before contacting rescue teams

Kiribati has a population over 119,000 and does not have its own military.

“It is a great result to be able to find the survivors on both boats,” Air Commodore Shaun Sexton said.


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