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RESCUE Father held on for his two children

A big wave turned over their fiberglass boat WATI TALEBULA suva The thought of never seeing his two children again pushed Josefa Waqaituinayau not to give up when their boat
30 Mar 2014 09:18

A big wave turned over their fiberglass boat
WATI TALEBULA
suva
The thought of never seeing his two children again pushed Josefa Waqaituinayau not to give up when their boat capsized in waters between Suva and Kadavu last Friday.
Mr Waqaituinayau, one of the six men rescued in Beqa waters, said a big wave turned over their boat and they had to come up with ideas to survive. When the boat capsized I was determined to survive because my children were the first thoughts that came to my mind,” the 24 –year old said. We had to throw away the engine to lighten the weight because we couldn’t take the water out of the boat.”
He said stories of people dying at sea made him more determined to survive.
His mother, Bula Waqa, when told of the incident, said she couldn’t eat and the only thing she did was cry, thinking of his son.
“I was worried because my son was the only one in the group who didn’t have a diving suit.” the mother of three said. Mrs Waqa said what made it worse was desperately trying to call his son and not connecting.
Fiji Police Force spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, said the six were safely rescued by another fibreglass fishing boat in Beqa Island waters and were ferried to Suva yesterday afternoon at 1.00pm.
The Fiji Police Force is grateful for the public’s support during the search and rescue effort.
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