Three missing Nomuka fishermen named.

    Tonga Police and emergency services are searching waters off Ha’apai group for three Nomuka men who went missing while fishing on July 30.

    'Elone Taulafo and his son Sione Filipe Taulafo as well as his son-in-law Sofele Folau are still missing and the search operation has yet to find them.

    The father is said to be in his 50’s and the sons are in their 20’s.

    Since Thursday a large search and rescue team, including a New Zealand’s Air Force Orion and assistance from Fiji’s Rescue Coordination Centre in Suva had been scouring the coast of the Ha’apai Islands.

    The Orion P-3 from New Zealand conducted aerial search on Sunday 3 August for 5 hours, while His Majesty’s Armed Forces Navy Boat with members from Tonga Police Tactical Response Group searched at sea since Friday, according to Tonga’s Commissioner of Police, Grant O’Fee.

    Local boats are assisting in the search.

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