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Major search for 7yo Rakahanga boy missing overboard

Major search for 7yo Rakahanga boy missing overboard

A big air and sea search is underway after a small boy was reported missing overboard from an inter-island vessel near Aitutaki.

Police Patrol Boat Te Kukupa and a number of local boars are engaged in the search and rescue mission. The alarm was raised by police at 8 o'clock on Wednesday evening, about a passenger missing from local vessel Lady Moana.

Police have confirmed the missing person is a 7-year-old boy, a passenger with family en route from Rakahanga.

A large number of local boats are part of the search efforts, and Air Rarotonga is also playing a role in the search.

A modeled map of the area near Aitutaki is being targeted by the coordinated efforts. 

Police efforts are also being assisted by the Rescue Coordination Centre in New Zealand.

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