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Man Who Planned To Extend Family House Is Latest Suspected Drowning Victim

Man Who Planned To Extend Family House Is Latest Suspected Drowning Victim
Latest alleged drowning victim Waqa Lewai.
July 25
11:25 2017

A man who had planned to extend his family home when his work contract ended has died after a suspected drowning incident while at work.

Waqa Lewai, of Delai Veisari, outside Lami, was discovered lying motionless about 10 metres away from the work site.

It is said that the deceased allegedly drowned whilst repairing the submarine pipeline located in the sea about 600 metres from the shore with two other colleagues.

He was working for Diver Triton Marines in Suva, and had just recently joined Vuda Mobil Oil Company Shore in Lautoka in Vuda for a two-month contract.

His wife, Bulou Lewai, said her husband left them at 7am on Sunday.

She said they had planned to extend their one-bedroom house once the contract was over.

She described the news as the saddest days of her life.

“Before he left he reminded me to keep talking to my two older sons to behave themselves and love their two other small siblings,” Ms Lewai said.

“He told us that he was going to come home in the weekend.”

The late Waqa Lewai’s family outside their home at Delai Veisari outside Lami on July 24, 2017. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

The late Waqa Lewai’s family outside their home at Delai Veisari outside Lami on July 24, 2017.
Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

At around 1pm the same day, Mr Lewai called his family and the Ms Lewai had informed him that they had visitors over at their home.

“That was the last time I heard of my husband’s voice,” she said.

He called again at around 3pm but he only spoke to their eldest son.

“My son told me that he had sent his regards to all of us.”

Ms Lewai was again expecting him to call again but this time at around 7pm one of his workmates relayed the news of his tragic passing.

“I was really shocked and cried out loudly.

“When I told my two older sons they too cried.

“Today (yesterday), my daughter asked me: “Na ivei o Ta” (Mum where is dad?). I never responded and kept myself from crying.

“He can’t say no to our children when they need something. I am the only one who always got angry on him.”

Despite this, Ms Lewai says she always boasts to her neighbours that she was a lucky wife because her husband never physically abused her.

She said most of the time her husband was away at work and they usually sorted things out over the phone.

Mr Lewai is survived by his four children and his wife.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident yesterday and said investigations were underway.

“We have received the report and investigations are underway.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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