Seven rescued from boat stuck on reef in Temotu

Police in the Solomon Islands have rescued seven people from a boat which ran aground on a reef off Santa Cruz Island.

NASA picture of Nende, known also as Santa Cruz, in Solomon Islands‘ Temotu province. Photo: NASA

Local Inspector Lily Dagi said police arrived at the scene on Tuesday.

The two women and five men on board were rescued and their boat and outboard engine salvaged.

Police said another boat that had been reported missing last month with five people on board had also been found safe on Utupua Island.

Police at Lata are still searching for a second boat with four men and one child on board which went missing en route from Lata to the Reef Islands on 30 March.