Aust fishing boat missing

Aust fishing boat missing with seven crew
An air and sea search has failed to locate an Australian fishing boat and seven crew members that have been missing for a week in the South Pacific near the Solomon Islands, local officials said.

The Queensland-registered Ability was reported missing on April 20 with one Australian and 11 Solomon Islander crew aboard in waters off Isabel Province, north-west of the capital Honiara.

Captain Jack Bana of the Solomon Islands Marine Search and Rescue service said five of the Solomon Islanders managed to reach Malaita Island after leaving the Ability and paddling four days in a fibreglass canoe.

He said the Australian and the other Solomon Islanders remain missing.

The identity of the Australian was not immediately released.

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