Adrift at sea

Beacon the key to Tuvalu fishermen being found

The New Zealand Air Force's Commodore Andrew Clark, said the Tuvalu fishing vessel Talamoana found the fishermen in their four-metre aluminium dinghy and took them back to Niulakita Island, Tuvalu's southernmost island.

He says the successful outcome underscores the importance of vessels carrying emergency beacons.

A New Zealand Orion was sent on Sunday to locate the emergency beacon after a request from Fiji's Rescue Coordination Centre.