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Wife: He Called On Our Wedding Anniversary

Our tears are not in vain but to a great loss, says the wife of the South African man who died last week on board the Betsy Ross. Fiona Owen,
22 Feb 2015 09:47
Wife: He Called On Our Wedding Anniversary
The late Langdon Owen with his wife Fiona Owen.

Our tears are not in vain but to a great loss, says the wife of the South African man who died last week on board the Betsy Ross.

Fiona Owen, speaking to Fiji Sun from South Africa, revealed that her husband Langdon Owen, had called her on February 17 to wish her well on their wedding anniversary.

“He phoned and said ‘Happy Anniversary’ and that made my day,” Mrs Owen said.

“His death is a major blow and our hearts are broken, a piece of our life is torn away and we know my husband, father and friend will be missed,” she said.

Mrs Owen said the news of her husband’s death was heartbreaking.

The family grieves the loss of their beloved husband, father, and son and prays that his soul finds peace in heaven. Mr Owen died on Thursday after allegedly inhaling toxic paint fumes while working on board the vessel Betsy Ross, which was anchored at Lami Bay. He was found inside the hull.

Mr Owen was working with others painting inside the hull when the thinner which was mixed with marine paint allegedly emitted toxic fumes.

He was freed at around 5.30pm – five hours after the alarm was raised.

Mr Owen, who is said to be in his early 40s, arrived in Fiji on August 12, 2014 on board the Betsy Ross.

He is survived by his wife, two sons aged 23 and 12 and a daughter aged 22 who are still coming to terms with his loss.

He is also missed by his father David Owen, brother Garth Owen (41) his aunt Anette Owen (80).

Funeral arrangements are being made, however, details were not disclosed as calls made to their residence remained unanswered.

It is also understood that a second victim, Suliasi Ralulu, died last Friday.

The 37-year-old male was one of the Betsy Ross maintenance crew who was rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital for treatment, together with eight men which include officers from the National Fire Authority and Ambulance Service after the incident last Thursday.

All the paint and chemicals found onboard the vessel are now with the Fiji Police Forensic Laboratory for testing.

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