Concern has been expressed over the absence of a patrol and rescue boat with the Nafanua I .replacement Nafanua II arriving in September.
Nafanua I a gift from Australia had served as Samoa’s patrol and rescue boat for more than 30 years and sailed back last week to Australia.
Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil is anxious of an incident or emergency that may require the service of a patrol boat while Samoa is without one.
“I am really concerned about any incident or emergency happening within these four months - how can we reach there for a search and rescue operation, so it is a concern,” Fuiavailili told Newsline. “ Four months is a long time.”
Plans have been made with the neighboring islands and private entities to lend a hand in patrolling Samoa’s Exclusive Economic Zone but that still does not make the Police Commissioner feell at ease.
“ Assistance from different countries have been promised that they will help us not only protect but patrol. We have something but we will never know.”
Police is not sitting idle on this and they are asking the fishermen to take more care when they are out fishing.
“The fishermen need to be prepared when they go out fishing so they don’t run into trouble. Make sure they have emergency kits and all survival equipments to assist them in case they have emergency issues.
“They need to be well prepared because it might take a little while for us to get to them. Don’t send men out to sea unprepared.”