World Bulletin / News Desk
In a statement, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force said the boat was carrying 16 people, which is above its capacity of six, and sank off the coast of Central Province while traveling from Toa.
“The boat sank in rough seas while traveling from Toa to Burungia village in Central Province. Four people died,” said Provincial Police Commander Superintendent Patricia Leta.
She also said 12 people, including children, were rescued but did not disclose the identities of the deceased.
A police inquiry into the incident was launched, Leta added.