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Searchers in Kiribati do not expect to find further survivors from capsized canoe

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 19:58 on 19 July, 2009 UTC

The captain of a boat involved in a search operation in Kiribati says they don’t expect to find anymore survivors from a canoe which capsized last Monday. At least four people are reported to have died and the authorities say they have so far found 12 survivors. Captain Tatai Tata says one of the survivors told rescue officials that 51 people were on the canoe, not 40 as earlier reported. But he says this can’t be confirmed as the captain of the vessel is one of those missing. Captain Tata says they are now searching for bodies.

“We don’t expect any survivors at the moment but we expect only to collect the bodies of the dead.”
The group had been making their way from from the capital, Tarawa, to the outer island of Maiana for Independence Day celebrations.

A New Zealand aircraft was sent to help with the search over the weekend.

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Comment by Abera Aukitino on July 23, 2009 at 10:08am
According from the President Press released yesterday the no of passengers including crews were 50 altogether.
Comment by Roba on July 22, 2009 at 5:23am
Aio au email ae forwarded to me from a friend in Utah and I copy and paste for the sake of those who follow this news and wanted to know more info:


From: Tirin Ratieta
Subject: Aio teutana te news mai Kiribati...
To: "Birima Akeimo" , "Api & Tuaa Tuia" , "David Tatireta" , "Ateima Iurika" , "Jon & Meere Shute" , "Jordan & Yoshimi Naluai"
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009, 10:08 AM


Mauri ni kabane n ana ka-30n ririki ni Inaomata Kiribati.

E kora kora te kukurei man 9n July ni karokoa te bong aio 17n July.

Iai naba te rongorongo ae kananokawaki n te Moanibong 13n July ba e uruaki te boti tewana are e mananga ni kaea nangin Maiana. tao 50 tabun kaina. aman aika a tia reke ba a maiu ao angina ae a bon kakaeaki naba ngkai. Temanna ae I rangi ni kinaa raoi ba Tabuia are buun Nei Tie Tira are ara senior nurse ngkoa - a bon mate ni kauoman. E aki reke rabatan Nei Tie ma e reke rabatan Tabuia. Ti kainakoa rabatana n te bong aio.Ibuakoia aman ake a maiu ao bon raoia temanna te ataei ae 2 ana ririki ae e nneia tamana inanon te baketi ao e angania naake aman akekei ba ana tarai ba e na nako ni kakaea tinan te ataei. E aki oki ao e aki reke rabatana.Kanoan te maiu aio bon aekana aio ngkana ti aki katauraoi raoi i main karaoan te bai are tina karaoia. E aki tauraoi te booti ni mamananga aio ibukia tani mananga. E aki tau te tararua ibukin aio ao ti bon imannono naba iboni iroura.
E ngae ngke e riki aio ma e bon tiku naba Kiribati ni wakina ana Ka-inaomata ma te kukurei ae bati.
Ti te update ae e uarereke nakoimi.

Kam na bane n tekeraoi ian ana bau Kiribati ae Te mauri, Te Raoi ao te Tabomoa.
Te Atua i marenara ma ngkami.


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Tirin Ratieta
Comment by Roba on July 22, 2009 at 5:20am
saddest news.....I heard from people here that there is an infant too and she was placed inside the bucket by the dad and the dad gave those beside him during that tragedy day and went to look for his wife.I dont know if he found her or went missing too.

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