Passengers stranded at sea in Vava’u during bad weather

Eight people were rescued on Saturday in Vava’u after their boat the MV Elanoa 1 encountered a mechanical failure.

A local fishing vessel was sent to help on Friday but was forced to return to Neiafu due to rough seas.

It finally reached the distressed boat on Saturday and towed it safely back to Neiafu with all the passengers, Police said.

Both boats arrived at Neiafu at approximately 4:50pm.

On a separate note  Police in Nuku’alofa rescued a capsized boat after it  left  ‘Atatā for Nukuʻaofa carrying six people.

Police helped brought four passengers out of the water and transported them home while the skipper and another crew stayed to salvage their boat.

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