Missing Nomuka fishermen found alive in Fiji

Updated 11/08/2014: Tongan Police have confirmed through Fiji's Rescue Coordination Centre in Suva the three fishermen from Nomuka that went missing while on a fishing trip on July 30 have been found well and alive.

The fishermen are 'Elone Taulafo, his son Sione Filipe Taulafo and his son-in-law Sofele Folau.

The trio set out to sea on a 20-foot  fishing boat but failed to return to Nomuka sparking a massive air and sea search operation, which was called off after five days.

The fishermen were found by divers at Oneata island in the Lau group. They will be taken to Suva sometime this week.

The  New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion search plane sent out to look for signs of the fishermen has made no sightings of their boat or debris

During the searches locals assisted a navy vessel of the Tongan HMAF with members of the police tactical response team as well as assistance from the Rescue Coordination Centre in Suva.

The  search operation has been called off on Thursday 4.

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