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Family Laments Captain’s Death

Salome Latileta Dau of Kaudamu Road in Kinoya, Nasinu, is still trying to come to terms with the death of her second eldest son. She could not stop crying yesterday
24 Feb 2015 10:17
Family Laments Captain’s Death
Salome Dau (left), and son Paulino Nadaku could not hold back their tears, as they hold on to the picture of the deceased Eremodo Nadaku. Photo: Jona Konataci

Salome Latileta Dau of Kaudamu Road in Kinoya, Nasinu, is still trying to come to terms with the death of her second eldest son.

She could not stop crying yesterday after receiving news that her second eldest son, Eremodo Nadaku, 30, a ship captain is said to have drowned near a reef in the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati last Saturday. Mr Nadaku has seven other siblings.

Mrs Dau held tightly on to a framed picture of her son, crying, when the Fiji Sun visited the family home yesterday. She was too distraught to be interviewed.

Mr Nadaku’s older brother Aborosio Nadaku said his brother had just left two weeks ago for the trip and they could not believed the news that he had died.

“He was always quiet and a very well mannered and a hard working person,” he said.

“He has left behind his wife, Amelia and his only daughter, Faustina, who is only five months old.”

Mr Nadaku and another colleague, Cyril Vulaca were part of the crew on board the Cruz Shipping vessel. It is understood they were on their way to offload containers at Christmas Island when the tragedy took place.

His younger brother Paulino Nadaku said they received the news about their brother last Saturday from officials at Cruz Holdings.

“What we were told was that they went on a small punt to go and check on the reef. The crew on board were waiting for so long so they decided to go and look for them,” Paulino said.

“But when they came near the reef they saw my brother’s body floating and his other colleague was missing.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they had not received any update yet on the incident.

However, Mr Nadaku said they had been informed by his brother’s employers that if facilities were in good condition at Christmas Island their bodies would be kept there.

But if it was not then their bodies would be brought back on their ship and arrive here on either tomorrow or Thursday this week.

Meanwhile, the family of the other missing crew member Cyril Vulaca declined to comment when visited by the Fiji Sun yesterday.

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