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Parents Lament Loss of Son in Sea Tragedy

Parents Lament Loss of Son in Sea Tragedy
The late Aisake Rokodravu.
July 20
11:00 2017

Isa na luvequ (Oh my child)!

Heartbroken Bernadette Tabaiwalu, 58, and husband Tevita Tabaiwalu, 64, were lamenting loss of their son, Aisake Rokodravu, 21, who was dead.

Mr Rokodravu was found floating in the sea off Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi yesterday.

Tevita Tabaiwalu and Bernadette Tabaiwalu at their home in Matavolivoli in Nadi on July 19, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Tevita Tabaiwalu and Bernadette Tabaiwalu at their home in Matavolivoli in Nadi on July 19, 2017. Photo: Waisea NasokiaI

Holding a portrait of her son, Mrs Tabaiwalu, said they could not believe that he was dead.

Police said his body was discovered by a search party.   

Mr Rokodravu was a maritime student at the Fiji National University.

His father, Mr Tabaiwalu, 64, was lost for words at their home in Matavolivoli in Nadi.

“We are still in a shock to hear this news that he is no more,” Mr Tabaiwalu said.

Mr Tabaiwalu said he last spoke to his son on Sunday after 2pm. Mr Rokodravu said he was going for a picnic with his friends.

“I did not realise that it would be our last conversation. He was a humble child and we had high hopes in him as he was studying to be seaman. He was a tough and easy going kid,” he added.

“This week was his second week at FNU to continue his studies after his few months practical with Captain Cook Cruises. His lecturer said on Friday he shouted lunch to eight of his friends – that is my son.”

The victim is the youngest of the six siblings, and is a native of Sauniveiuto, Deuba in Serua.

According to Police the deceased was out on a picnic with friends and was last seen riding a Jet Ski with a companion on Sunday.

The companion had managed to swim 400 metres to the shore.

His friends searched for him when he failed to turn up but only found the Jet Ski.

They then lodged a complaint of a missing person at the Namaka Police Station after they found out that he had not returned home.

Police last night confirmed that investigation was underway and the post mortem result would assist in the process.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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