Tongan fishing boat towed back to safety after engine failure

A fishing boat, ‘Ana Manusiu, has been towed back to Nuku’alofa this afternoon after a rescue mission was launched following a distress call received by Tongan authority through Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand.

Four fishermen were on the fishing boat when the rescue team assisted by an Orion P-3 aircraft from New Zealand found them at 54 Nautical miles South of Fua’amotu at around 4.45pm.

The fishermen left on a fishing trip on March 9 when the engine could not be started, Police statement said.

Police said further details would be available when the fishermen would expectedly arrive in Nuku’alofa this evening.

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