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3-Year-Old Anare Sikoa Found Floating In Savura Creek

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident as investigations continue.
23 Sep 2020 11:50
3-Year-Old Anare Sikoa Found Floating In Savura Creek
Police recovered the body of three-year-old boy Anare Sikoa from Savura Creek in Wailoku, Tamavua, on September 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar. Inset: IN HAPPIER DAYS... Anare Sikoa.

It was about 11am yesterday when neighbours heard the footsteps of bubbly three-year-old Anare Sikoa running past their home. What transpired next shocked the Masiwini family.

Anare’s body was found floating in the Savura Creek in Wailoku at around 12.30pm.

Police were at the scene to recover the body as Wailoku community members stood in shock and complete disbelief.

Anare is said to be the latest drowning victim. This is only two days after Fiji recorded its eighth drowning case this month alone.

Mereoni Masiwini said her son noticed Anare running out while she was cooking.

“A few minutes after my son told me about it. I thought it was crazy that he ran out of the house when it was raining,” she recalled.

“So I asked my son to follow him and see where he had gone.

“A while later, we also saw his father running out of the house to look for Anare.”

IN HAPPIER DAYS... Anare Sikoa.

IN HAPPIER DAYS… Anare Sikoa.

She said everything seemed to happen in the blink of an eye and they were still in disbelief.

“We reported to the Police officers at the Wailoku Police Post that he was missing and they joined the search too,” Ms Masiwini said.

Monika Masiwini , a shocked neighbor still could not believe how the 3 year-old boy Anare Sikoa, drowned at a creek in Wailoku, Tamavua  on September 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Monika Masiwini , a shocked neighbour still could not believe how the 3 year-old boy Anare Sikoa, drowned at a creek in Wailoku, Tamavua on September 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“It was nearly a one-hour search and just when we neared the creek a group of three children, who were also helping us, yelled out to us that they found the body floating on the creek.

“What we do not understand is how he ended up in the creek. If he had slid down from the muddy grounds or if he wanted to go near the water and had fallen into the creek.”

Fifteen year old Ben Joseph of Wailoku, Tamavua saw the body of the 3 year-old boy floating in Savura creek meters away from his home on September 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fifteen year old Ben Joseph of Wailoku, Tamavua saw the body of the 3 year-old boy floating in Savura creek meters away from his home on September 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident as investigations continue.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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