Posted By Staff Reporter
By Rose Amos
Three children have drowned following a boat accident in New Ireland waters while fathers of two of them are still missing.
Seven adults and seven children were returning from Simberi Island to Tatau Village, on nearby Tabar Islands, when their banana boat capsized on Saturday afternoon.
A three month old baby and two children aged about four drowned while five women and four other children managed to swim ashore.
The skipper of the boat and the other man went missing while trying to save the children, aged five and under.
The 14 people were returning from seeking medical treatment at the Simberi Health Centre when rough seas overturned their banana boat.
In moving burial ceremonies at three locations at Tatau village on Sunday afternoon, the three dead children were laid to rest.
A service by the seashore took place immediately after the burials.
The Tatau Islanders are using available boats to search the areas to the east of island towards Lihir Islands for the two men, still missing.
Search and Air rescue advices have been relayed to New Ireland Provincial Administration, regional agencies and National Agencies to advise ships in
the area to place a look out.
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency using their vessel monitoring systems, have responded advising fishing vessels in the
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