Tongan police name four rescued fishermen

Tongan Police have released names of four fishermen rescued by Tonga Navy Vessel VOEA Neiafu on Friday 13 March, 2015.

They were ‘Alipate Pinekoula, 36, of Halaleva; Kaliopasi Masalu, 33, of Pahu; ‘Isikeli Finau ,37, of Tofoa and Matavai Fonua, 54, of Vaotu’u.

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

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

The fishermen were rescued by a team assisted by an Orion P-3 aircraft from New Zealand at 54 Nautical miles South of Fua’amotu at around 4.45pm, Friday 13.

Police investigation continues.

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