Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has highly commended those involved in the operation that successfully saved 49 lives from the capsized vessel, MV Solfish 001 last week.

The 27-meter coastal trading vessel was reportedly capsized in heavy seas en route to the country's most Eastern Province of Temotu.

All 49 passengers including 10 women and 6 children, one of which is a 1 year old girl were successfully rescued from five floating life rafts 3 days after the ordeal.

Prime Minister Lilo said the successful rescue of the 49 survivors demonstrates the professionalism and commitment of those involved in the rescue mission.

"I on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands including families of the survivors commend your tireless efforts and professionalism in rescuing the precious lives of our fellow citizens," Prime Minister Lilo said today.

Prime Minister Lilo particularly, thanks the following overseas and local authorities and individuals who were actively involved in the search and rescue mission:
.AUSSAR RCC CHIEF AMSA Communication and staff for assets and information
.Canberra BPC AMSOC DOCTOR Paul Luckin.
.Australian Defense Department for Air force aircraft
.Australian Customs Surveillance Aircraft
.Two Australian civilian air craft, facilitated by AUSSAR RCC
.M.V. MICRONESIA PRIDE (Merchant Container Carrier vessel)
.Permanent Secretary of MID
.All MRCC Honiara officers and Marine Staff
.Maritime RAMSI officers
.RSIPF Maritime Police
.Medical Emergency Operation (Honiara and Kirakira hospitals)
.French Air force Maritime Patrol Aircraft which was sent from New Caledonia

Source: Press Release, Government Communication Unit