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Five feared useless in Fiji after reviews of violence on tuna boat

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The Fiji navy stated it was working with police to type via the sequence of occasions that had occurred aboard the Tiro II, a longline tuna boat.

Authorities stated on Friday they feared for the lives of 5 individuals who leapt from their fishing boat close to Fiji earlier this week after alleged violence on board.

A sixth crew member who deserted the vessel was discovered alive on Thursday on an overturned life raft, whereas two extra individuals who had remained aboard the fishing boat had been attributable to be picked up by a navy patrol boat.

The Fiji navy stated it was working with police to type via the sequence of occasions that had occurred aboard the Tiro II, a longline tuna boat.

The New Zealand navy, which helped with the search, stated it had been instructed the 5 lacking crew had not been sporting life jackets.

Fiji navy Cdr. Timoci Natuva instructed The Associated Press in emails that they had been persevering with to search for the lacking crew however as a result of they’d been within the water since Monday and the climate had deteriorated, “the search will be really challenging.” He stated the Tiro II had been at sea for the reason that starting of the month.

A spokesperson for the New Zealand navy stated they’d gotten reviews of an alleged violent incident on board.

A New Zealand Air Force Orion airplane positioned the fishing vessel about 90 nautical miles west of Fiji, the spokesperson stated, and made contact with the 2 individuals who remained on board.

“The boat crew reported that on Monday night, six crew members abandoned the vessel; one person was aboard a life raft, with the other five entering the water without lifejackets,” the spokesperson stated in an electronic mail.

The assertion attributed to a unnamed New Zealand Defence Force spokesperson didn’t elaborate on the alleged violence.

After the Air Force crew noticed the fishing boat, they then looked for the life raft and once they discovered it, dropped a survival pack containing a beacon, a radio, and meals to the survivor, whereas additionally notifying Fijian authorities.

The Orion airplane stayed close to the life raft as lengthy its gas would enable, the spokesperson stated, and the survivor was rescued by a patrol boat.

“The person found on the life raft was healthy and strong. He was attended to by our medics,” Mr. Natuva stated.

Natuva stated the 2 remaining crew aboard the Tiro II had been picked up by one other fishing boat, which the navy patrol boat was attributable to intercept.

“Our focus now is trying to save those that went overboard on Monday,” Mr. Natuva stated. “The criminal aspects of the case will be handled by the Fiji police Force.”

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