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Families Won’t Give Up Hope On Missing Cousins

Families Won’t Give Up Hope On Missing Cousins
The fishng boat Wasa Pax05 was also recovered at Waidalice river in Tailevu yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
January 03
13:35 2016

Missing fisherman Rajneel Reddy last spoke to his wife by telephone at 9pm on New Year’s Eve.

Mr Reddy, 32, and his cousin Nigel Mani, 32, are missing at sea after going fishing to the Vatu-i-Ra Passage off the Rakiraki coast last Thursday.

Mr Mani’s brother, Niraj, said last night they had not given up hope of finding the cousins. But the chances of finding them alive are beginning to diminish as searchers race against time.

Three boats left yesterday and three were to leave at first light this morning.

Mr Reddy is married with two children. Mr Mani is single.

They are from Volivoli, Rakiraki. They went fishing on a 28-foot half-cabin boat last Thursday and were expected back home the next day.

Three boats went out. They were in one.

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri again reminded people to be cautious when heading out to sea.

“It seems some mariners are still not heeding the weather bulletins from the Nadi Weather Office. Police are warning everyone out there to take precaution,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

Mr Niraj said the weather was fine when the cousins left for fishing.

But their uncle, who was in another boat, said the weather suddenly changed. The sea began to get rough at about 3pm last Friday.

Mr Niraj said according to their uncle, something like a tornado formed out at sea and there were strong winds.

“My uncle said at about 4pm, my brother was in another boat with a cousin about 100 metres from their boat. Nigel’s boat anchor broke and it started drifting away. The lights went off and that’s when my uncle was not able to see him. He was in the same boat as our cousin Rajneel,” he said

“Our uncle searched for him and couldn’t find him until 3.30am on January 2. He came back at about 9am. We are very distraught with the news of our brother missing at sea. My mother has been crying since the day he went missing. As a family we will never give up,” he said. Edited by Maikeli Seru

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