FSMIS (March 19, 2014): Federated State of Micronesia President Manny Mori received a request from Chuuk State Governor Johnson Elimo the evening of March 14 regarding the search and rescue emergency operation for two missing fishermen from Chuuk.
"One of our boats, FSS Micronesia, and three international planes are involved in the search, but there have been no sightings of the small missing boat or its two occupants", President Mori conveyed in his March 17 letter to Governor Elimo.
"We will continue searching for these men throughout the day today and tomorrow. Regrettably, based upon our limited resources and continued poor weather conditions, we will have to suspend the search if by tomorrow (March 18) evening no evidence is found of the missing fishermen. If, however, new evidence comes to light, we will immediately resume the search and rescue upon verification of the information and upon an additional request from your office to mine."
President Mori also said that the fishermen's plight "highlights the need for our Nation and States to educate our population so that the loss of life can be greatly reduced and the chance of finding lost fishermen and other persons utilizing our waters may be increased through safe boating practices".
The subject of search and rescue for persons missing at sea is one that is very dear to the President.
The United States and Australia provide valuable assistance in the SAR operation.
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