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Family mourns death of infant

By SHEIK DEAN and WAISEA NASOKIA “I will never see my eldest daughter again, she was just too special to all our family members.’’ These were the words of a
03 Feb 2014 10:15

By SHEIK DEAN and WAISEA NASOKIA

“I will never see my eldest daughter again, she was just too special to all our family members.’’
These were the words of a grieving father, Watisoni Bolea of Vunato Settlement in Lautoka after his daughter lost her life in an alleged drowning incident.
The deceased, one-year nine-month old, Loata Tamadua’s body was found floating in the creek on Saturday at around 4.30pm.
She was discovered by her mother, Taraivini Dimairewa, in the creek located a few metres away from their house.
“I went to collect firewood and while I was returning, my wife with other family members met me on the way and told me Tamadua is missing,’’ Mr Bolea said. An unsuccessful search was conducted by the family members around the village and on the main highway.
“One of my relatives said Tamadua was last seen playing with her disabled cousin in the backyard near the creek.
“We rushed to the creek and found my daughter, Tamadua’s body floating and we were heartbroken when we saw her,’’ said the grieving father.
Tears filled the eyes of Mr Bolea and his wife, as they stood watching as several attempts were made to revive their daughter.
Loata was rushed to the Lautoka Hospital by family members, however, she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dad Watisoni Bolea (left), Taraivini Dimairewa and their baby Alisi Tuinaro by the creek at Vunato where their daughter, Loata Tamadua, drowned on Saturday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA




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