Sairusi Colati

All crew safe but fate of burnt fishing boat unknown

The Director of the Fiji Maritime Surveillance Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Sairusi Colati, said all 18 crew members from the vessel were now safe.

Fouteen crew aboard the Jin Xiang 6 were saved by their sister ship on Saturday morning, 400 nautical miles west of Tuvalu, Mr Colati said.

Four others, who abandoned ship, were found by New Zealand's P3 Orion aircraft, he said.