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Third So Far This Year

A 47-year-old farmer of Qelemumumu Village outside Labasa Town is the latest drowning victim this year. Mesake Laimumu  drowned in a river near the village. The victim was returning from
09 Feb 2015 08:53
Third So Far This Year
Victim’s mum Selai Waicala (right), with grandson Sanaila Makora at their home in Qelemumumu Village in Labasa. Photo: Peni Drauna

A 47-year-old farmer of Qelemumumu Village outside Labasa Town is the latest drowning victim this year.

Mesake Laimumu  drowned in a river near the village.

The victim was returning from a cousin’s house after watching the Wellington 7s on television last Saturday.

The victim’s mother, Selai Waicala, said her son was swept away by strong currents while attempting to cross the river at around 7pm.

The victim’s nephew, Sanaila Makora, 8, said it all happened really fast.

“Straight after watching the sevens tournament we made our way down to the river to go home,” Makora said.

“As we reached the bank of the river, my uncle gave me his mobile phone and told me to wait while he tested the depth of the river to see if it was safe to cross.”

He said his uncle slipped and fell into the river as he made the first step and did not come out.

Makora raised alarm and the matter was later reported to Police. The victim’s body was retrieved about a metre from where the victim slipped.

Ms Waicala said her son, the eldest of five siblings would be missed as a loving person who mingled with the other villagers and the surrounding Indo-Fijian community.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said investigations continue and a post mortem would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

The drowning death toll currently stands at three compared to nine for the same period last year.

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