5 days of searching, no sign of boy lost at sea in Ha’afeva


A fifth night of searches for the 3-year-old boy missing at sea in Ha’apai has passed with no major break.

The Police search and rescue boat Amoula was still scouring waters around Ha’afeva harbour  over the weekend but hadn’t turned up any new clues in the boy’s disappearance.

The boy and his 5-year-old sister were among the passengers of a boat from ‘O’ua who fell into the sea after they realised their boat was heading towards the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa while the ferry was unloading in the deep at Ha’afeva.

The boat which was belonged to the Free Wesleyan Church of ‘O’ua reportedly smashed into the ferry’s loading end at about 5.07am and capsized.

The sister and the rest of the passengers were rescued while the boy could not be found.

One report says the passengers including the siblings’ parents jumped off the boat when it became clear it could crash into the ferry, a move many believed it helped avoid a collision that may have put many passengers’ lives at risk.

Police said they will keep searching until they believe  there’s no reasonable chance the boy could still be found alive.

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