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The Container That Twisted A Family’s Life

A retired Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel, Solomoni Nacua, 57, is among the many who died during Tropical Cyclone Winston last Saturday night. Neighbour, Timoci Reki, recalled the horror
24 Feb 2016 12:59
The Container That Twisted A Family’s Life
Tony Reki, Ilisoni Ligabiri and David Sami near the container at Naisoso in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

A retired Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel, Solomoni Nacua, 57, is among the many who died during Tropical Cyclone Winston last Saturday night.

Neighbour, Timoci Reki, recalled the horror of finding the deceased, and the wife badly injured lying on the field.

Mr Reki said the two had sought shelter in a 40-foot container because they felt it would keep them safe.

“It was a terrible experience for me to have seen this in this life-time to see the 40-foot container tumble several times, some 500 metres away from where it was initially,” he said.

Mr Reki said: “Both were inside the house but thought to stay in the 40 foot container which is just 10 meters from our house. They believed it to be strong enough to sustain the wind, I am not too sure if they wanted to escape or they were trapped inside.

“We had chatted on the phone at last around 8pm; we heard that he said that they could feel the container tilting to its sides and that was it.”

Mr Reki came out of the house to search for the container at around 12am but found a big black object some 500metres in a field.

“I was scared that I may be hit by flying debris yet I crawled to the container in the field. Upon reaching them I saw that the lights all cracked and things in a total mess. I called my friend and he alerted the Police and they came to be rescued but both were badly hurt with injuries to their heads,” he said.

“We carried the two to the Police vehicle and both were breathing but I guess if I had not arrived on time both would have been dead inside that container.”

The late Mr Nacua is originally from Teci, Yawasa, and has maternal link to Yasawa i-Rara and he was a seasoned lay preacher.

Police spokesperson Naina Ragigia confirmed that the deceased and the wife were rushed to Nadi Hospital and later transferred to the Lautoka Hospital.

“The man (Solomoni Nacua) was pronounced dead early Sunday morning due to loss of excessive blood sustained from the head injuries while Salanieta Koto, 47, is recovering but is yet to be given the green light by the doctors to be interviewed.”

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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