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Victim Found By Fisherman

The body of the 10-year-old boy that was reported missing last Friday after he went swimming at a river in the Burelevu, Ra, has been found. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro
15 Jan 2016 09:00
Victim Found By Fisherman

The body of the 10-year-old boy that was reported missing last Friday after he went swimming at a river in the Burelevu, Ra, has been found.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that Misaele Matawalu’s body was discovered by a fisherman.

“The victim was discovered floating in the Burelevu River by a 76-year-old man from the same village who was fishing yesterday afternoon (Wednesday),” she said.

Ms Naisoro said the body was taken to the Rakiraki Hospital Mortuary to await a post- mortem to ascertain the cause of death.

Burelevu turaga-ni-koro (headman) Viliame Laweloa said they were grateful the body was found after a hectic five-day search.

“I thank all those that took part in the search. We are so glad that the body has been found even though we were too late,” Mr Laweloa said.

He said they would request for the body to be buried at Burelevu.

“Since he died in our village we will try and ask the parents in Suva to give approval for the body to be buried here,” he said.

Mr Laweloa said the villagers were sending their deep condolences to the family.

“We would like to convey our deep condolences to the family in Suva because Misaele had came to our village to enjoy his holiday but an unexpected incident had happened,” he said.

Meanwhile Police are requesting the public to be more vigilant about their children before the start of the school year.

“We request parents and guardians to keep their children safe before the start of school so they are able to join their classmates when the new term commences,” Ms Naisoro said.

“We would like to see that no other child becomes a victim of such tragic accidents and we must continue to keep a close eye on their whereabouts and activities at all times.”

Ms Naisoro said the national drowning death toll was now five compared to one for the same period last year.

His mother, Salome Matasau said: “Now we can sleep peacefully knowing that our son’s body had been found and now we will start with funeral arrangements.

“His father will leave for Burelevu and the funeral will take place next Tuesday,” she said.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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