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Lucky Escape For Fishermen

A fisherman of Yasawa-i- Rara says he is fortunate to be alive after an ordinary fishing trip turned into a neardisaster. Ame Yasawa, 42, was among the group of six
26 Feb 2016 11:49
Lucky Escape For Fishermen

A fisherman of Yasawa-i- Rara says he is fortunate to be alive after an ordinary fishing trip turned into a neardisaster.

Ame Yasawa, 42, was among the group of six fishermen that were reported missing on the day Tropical Cyclone Winston took its toll.

“We left on Saturday at around 9am for fishing near Yalewakalou Island which is on the tip of the Yasawa Group closer to Yadua Island in Vanua Levu).

“We did not receive any weather report  so we went on an ordinary fishing trip,” Mr Yasawa said.

“The weather had changed but we did not know that a cyclone was approaching.

He said their boat capsized when huge waves and strong wind started developing.

“We turned the boat and we used a container to keep afloat. We managed to lose a lot of things but we managed to bring whatever we could,” he said.

“We came through the passage and pulled the boat to shore with winds and waves crushing”

He said they managed to cross over the inland and arrived in the village when it was dark.

“We were lucky to be alive otherwise we would have been dead by now. I had been a fisherman since I left high school but this was a lucky escape not only for me but for the six of us.”

Village headman Lasaro Rokomulo, who was also one of the six fishermen, said: “That day reminded me when Cyclone Evan struck in 2012. We are just counting our self lucky, who else would not?”

Meanwhile, a team from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and Western Divison EOC have begun damage assessments in the Yasawa Group beginning with Yasawa i- Rara yesterday.

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