BY ALEX DADAMU
SEARCH and Rescue agencies have been mobilized Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has conveyed his deepest sympathy to families of missing passengers following a vessel tragedy early Friday morning.
The MV Taimareho was traveling from Honiara to Malaita on Thursday night when it was hit by rough seas caused by tropical cyclone Harold during the journey.
“It is with deep regret to learn that many passengers are missing at sea after being washed overboard from a passenger vessel which departed late last night from Honiara, despite the several weather warnings issued yesterday,” Prime Minister Sogavare assured that Search and Rescue agencies have been mobilized to respond while police are investigating the incident.
“Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who are missing,” Sogavare expressed.
The ship left Honiara wharf on Thursday evening despite bad weather warnings with passengers eager to flee to their homes amid fears of the Covid-19.
Reports reaching the Media suggest that as of yesterday the vessel sheltering at Su’u harbor as it could not go further due to the continuous bad weather. Unconfirmed reports have also stated that the missing include men, women, and children.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare strongly reminds people to take heed of warnings and listen out to advice given by authorities during such times of disaster and further urged crews and vessel owners to consider the safety of passengers first and foremost.