Ships and planes were searching today for 21 people missing after a boat capsized off Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu.
Authorities were alerted Wednesday night when a woman, the only known survivor, struggled ashore at a village after more than a day in the water.
She stayed afloat by clinging to a plastic container, police said.
The woman told villagers the 30-foot boat capsized on the open sea Tuesday during a 70-mile voyage from another island to the town of Labasa.
There was no sign of any more survivors at dawn today, a rescue operation spokesman said.
Fifteen men and seven woman were aboard the boat.