Police are questioning three crew members from a Chinese-owned Fiji-flagged fishing vessel following a suspected beheading at sea.
During the alleged “violent incident” on Monday, six crew members from the Tiro Two jumped overboard.
One participant was on a life raft, while the other five entered the water without lifejackets.
The man in the life raft has been found, and the Fijian Rescue Coordination Center has released photographs of the moment he was discovered on Wednesday.
The Chinese-owned, Fiji-flagged tuna longliner FV TIRO II was found on Wednesday by the Orion about 90 nautical miles west of Fiji, with two crew members still onboard.
The Fijian Rescue Coordination Center has also released photos of the two men found on board the vessel being handed over to police.
FV TRIO II sank yesterday morning after taking on water Thursday night.
Captain Humphrey Tawake of the Fiji Navy said all three survivors were being questioned by Suva police about the abuse on board the trawler.
He stated that the search for the remaining crew members was ongoing.
“They’ve been in the water since Monday, so your survival in the water without any lifesaving equipment is drastically reduced. But we remain optimistic.”
Earlier, Captain Humphrey Tawake told the Fiji Times newspaper they were aware of allegations that a Fijian national had beheaded a second Fijian national following a “heated argument”.
“However, we cannot comment on these allegations since police will carry out their own investigations to ascertain these claims.
“We are aware that part of the crew had jumped overboard while two remained on the vessel.”
A New Zealand Air Force Orion aircraft has also been helping in the search for the remaining five men.