Fishing trip turns to disaster at Hahalis

A fishing trip at the weekend ended disastrously with the drowning of a man from Hahalis Village in North Bougainville at the weekend.

The father of two children went fishing on Friday, but failed to return home.

Realising this, villagers and relatives immediately searched the area at the weekend, but failed to locate the body except for parts or pieces of his canoe with some of the fish he had caught.

It is now believed that he must have drowned.

Heavy weather condition at the weekend with continuous heavy rain and wind  had struck the region.

Meanwhile, the search is continuing today with the assistance of the Disaster Office who will comb the area to try and locate the missing person.

The general public is being asked to adhere to warnings from the Disaster Office about going out to sea during rough seas.

Coastal villagers are also being asked to be on the lookout and to report any sighting of the body to police, disaster office or relatives.

Annette Kora