Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Boat carrying 11 people goes missing

28 June 2016, 09:41

Nuku'alofa - Rescuers launched an air and sea search Tuesday for a boat missing in Pacific waters off Tonga carrying 11 people, including up to five children.

Tongan police said the boat set off from the capital Nuku'alofa with another vessel on Monday afternoon and was due to arrive overnight in Fonoifua island, about 90 kilometres northeast.

One boat docked as scheduled but there was no sign of the second, prompting police to call in a naval vessel and tell other boats to be on the lookout.

A New Zealand air force P3-Orion also scoured the area for three hours without success and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) said another Orion and a helicopter would resume the search on Wednesday.

Also read: 14 children drown in lake tragedy

"The suspicion is it could be the motor must've died, they must be drifting," deputy police commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai told Radio New Zealand.

There were conflicting reports about how many children were on board the 11-metre boat.

Police initially reported there were six adults and five children, aged two to 12, but MNZ said it had been told there were eight men, two women and only one child.

Small private boats have been providing inter-island ferry services in Tonga since the beginning of the month, with the regular ferry out of service with a broken rudder.

Tonga suffered its worst maritime disaster in August 2009, when the ferry Princess Ashika sank, claiming 74 lives.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...