A report of a missing fisherman from Ngaraard State, Herman Orak, was received by the Bureau of Public Safety after he failed to return home from fishing trip on December 2nd.

The search for the missing man commenced with Bureau of Public Safety, Marine Law Enforcement, local volunteers and PM Air support in and around Ngaraard and Ngiwal waters.

The search for the missing man commenced with Bureau of Public Safety, Marine Law Enforcement, local volunteers and PM Air support in and around Ngaraard and Ngiwal waters.

Whilst searching for the missing fisherman, a tragedy struck a search party of four people when their boat capsized near Ngedub reef  in Elab, Ngaraard.  Three members of the search party swam to nearby buoys but the fourth member could not be found.

Later that same day, the fourth member of the search party was found unresponsive and was brought to the Belau National Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The man is identified as Romeo Reddin, a marshall from the Judiciary and relative of Orak who joined the search for the missing fisherman.

As of yesterday, December 5th, Mr. Herman Orak was still missing and the search continues according to information from the Ministry of Justice.

Search efforts of last couple days have yielded broken pieces of the missing man’s boat in several locations near area of Beriber where the incident is suspected to have occurred all the way to Dormochol to Ngkeklau.

The search for missing man is said to be centered at Beriber/Ngedub area and outward north and south including mangrove areas.

Over the weekend up to Monday, NEMO had issued a small craft advisory which informed public to take extra care going out due to possible rough seas and high winds and prohibit boating outside the reef.

In a press release Ministry of Justice reminds all volunteer searchers to take extra precautionary measures to prevent any mishaps and to coordinate with MOJ personnel at the scene for everyone’s safety. (L.N. Reklai)