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Lau Tour Called Off

Lau Tour Called Off
Minister for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou
June 16
12:06 2017

Minister for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou’s Lauan tour came to a halt on Wednesday night when his boat ran aground on a reef outside Tu­bou, Lakeba.

Mr Tuitubou and his team were on the ves­sel, MLC Sigavou, last night heading back to Suva. They are expected to arrive today.

He could not be reached last night but his son, Api Tuitubou, who spoke to him, con­firmed in Suva that his father and his team were rescued and safely returned to Tubou.

He said Mr Tuitubou was on board the Fisheries boat, MV Bai ni Takali, on their way to Vanuabalavu, when the boat ran aground on a reef in the dark at 8.30pm. An emergency safety proce­dure was car­ried out.

P o l i c e spokesper­son Ana N a i s o r o said fibre glass boat owners at Tubou vil­lage assisted Police in res­cuing passen­gers.

Vanuabalavu was to be the last stop in a two-week tour of Lau before the ministerial team returned to Suva today.

According to the Ministry of Infrastruc­ture and Transport statement, Bai ni Taka­li was exiting Lakeba passage when it hit the reef.

Two tugs have been mobilised to salvage Bai ni Takali today. An investigation will start soon.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Infor­mation officer Joni Vatuvatu said when he contacted Mr Tuitubou yesterday, he was packing ready to depart.

Mr Vatuvatu said the team was in Lau to meet youth groups, hold consultations and visit youth project sites in Ono-i-Lau, Onea­ta, Matuku, Moala and Kabara on board the vessel Bai ni Takali.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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