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Family Mourns Loss of Loved One

The family of a drowning vic­tim are still trying to under­stand why Lice Naiubi had removed her wedding band before going into the river where she al­legedly drowned. Dead is
24 Feb 2018 14:50
Family Mourns Loss of Loved One
Wainikiti Kemea, 5, holds the photo of her mum, while grandmother Viame Raluve looks on at their home in Semo Village, Nadroga, on February 23, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The family of a drowning vic­tim are still trying to under­stand why Lice Naiubi had removed her wedding band before going into the river where she al­legedly drowned.

Dead is Ms Naiubi, 26 of Bavu Vil­lage. She had moved to Semo Vil­lage in Nadroga after marriage in 2012.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said: “The victim is believed to have drowned while diving for wa­ter mussels in the Tuva River.”

The incident occurred on Thurs­day afternoon at around 5pm where the Naiubi was diving with other women prior to her dissappear­ance.

Her younger sister, Joana Keliha­ma, 18, who was part of the diving party, recalled the last conversation she had with Ms Naiubi.

Ms Kelihama said: “Before she went to the river she removed her wedding ring and gave it to her hus­band.

“We were in a group of six women when we had collected enough mus­sels and were returning to the side of the river and when I looked back I did not see her. We dived into the same area and could not find her.

“I then alerted her husband and he dived and managed to find her body on the river bank.”

The victim’s mother-in-law, Viame Raluve, 48, could not hide her emo­tions. She said: “They had a happy family where they had complete love and affection. I did notice that they would co-operate with each other in all their dealings.

“She now leaves behind my son and her five-year-old daughter.”

Ms Naisoro confirmed a post-mor­tem will be conducted to find out the cause of death.

Meanwhile, the drowning death toll now stands at five compared to four for the same period last year.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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