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Woman Prays for the Safe Return of Husband, Son

Woman Prays for the Safe Return of Husband, Son
Mareca finau and 2 year old son Jim Knowles (middle) hopeful that her husband John Knowles and son Ilisoni Naucumalua who are still missing after an overnight fishing trip in Kulukulu,Sigatoka. Missing John Knowles (LEFT) and Ilisoni Naucumalua (RIGHT). PHOTO:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI
April 18
11:15 2017

A woman is praying for the safe return of her husband and son.

John Knowles, 43, and Ilisoni Naucumalua, 11 of Kulukulu, Sigatoka, failed to return home on Saturday night from a fishing trip.

They were last seen leaving for the Sigatoka River.

Mareca Finau, 34, yesterday said although it had been three days, she was optimistic.

“My husband loves the sea. For over ten years of his life he travelled on big fishing boats to different countries, catching fish in unknown waters,” Ms Finau said.

“He would return then so I am keeping faith and hopeful that they will be found soon. Hopefully they have just drifted to an island for shelter.”

She talked of their last conversation at around 9am on Saturday.

“My husband told me to cook cassava for Sunday lunch since they were going to catch fish.

“He said goodbye and told me ‘we will see you at 8am in the morning’.

“Since they did not return at the time we expected them to, I went to lodge a Police report.”

Ilisoni lives with Ms Finau’s younger sister in Olosara. He had spent the long weekend with his parents.

Mr Knowles is studying at the Fiji National University’s Fiji Maritime Academy. Ilisoni is a Year 6 student of Sigatoka Methodist Primary School.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that the matter was reported yesterday.

She added the search party included the Fiji Navy, Police and relatives.

“People are advised to look out for the 43-year-old and his 11-year-old son and contact Police if they see anything,” Ms Naisoro added.

At their home yesterday, Ms Finau was comforted by family members including two-year-old son Jim Knowles.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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