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Baby Myrtle Sleeps Through Ordeal

Baby Myrtle Sleeps Through Ordeal
Salanieta Smith carrying two month-old baby Myrtle Rounds at Port Mua-i-Walu on July 3, 2018. Photos: Taraivini Seru
July 04
10:00 2018


Barbara Rounds snuggly cuddles her two month-old baby daughter Myrtle Rounds, as she was still in shock from her Sunday experience on board Lomaiviti Princess V.

Ms Rounds, 32, from Ucunivatu village in Taveuni works at  Pherrus PTY (Fiji) and was returning from her maternity leave when the vessel’s lower deck started taking in water from the rough seas and strong winds.

“It was a scary experience I was just holding onto my baby,” Ms Rounds said.

“I was actually preparing myself for the worst. Luckily by baby slept through the ordeal but I have never felt so scared for both of us,” she said.

“I am still not all there yet, luckily my employers understood, they have given me another day.”

Meanwhile Lautoka Teachers college student Serenia Senikavika, 20, of Taveuni thanked God for His protection during that time of distress.

“I have never experienced such a terrifying trip in my whole life, we all depended on the captain’s decision and prayed for God’s mercy,” Ms Senikavika said.

“It was so chaotic, it was in the night, the winds were strong and the sea was rough,” she said.

Ms Senikavika said once the passengers were told that the boat was returning to Savusavu wharf, they were all relieved.

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