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Rescuers Found Mountain Range Tough To Climb

One of the oldest men, Samuela Valekuta, 71 in the village of Doguru in Macuata has described Mt Delaikoro as dangerous. Born and bred at the village Mr Valekuta said
01 Mar 2018 11:06
Rescuers Found Mountain Range Tough To Climb
Samuela Valekuta with his son Aborosio Rokete who was injured during the search at his home in Dogoru Village on February 28, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

One of the oldest men, Samuela Valekuta, 71 in the village of Doguru in Macuata has described Mt Delaikoro as dangerous.

Born and bred at the village Mr Valekuta said the people had never climbed the mountain.

“There are three big mountains and it is dangerous. When it is raining, it is slippery. There is little soil and the mountain is soft stone,” Mr Valekuta said.

“There is a big waterfall at Delaikoro that flows from the mountain and then it follows different paths as it reaches the bottom of the mountain.”

Mr Valekuta said the highest mountain was over 500 feet high.

“Some of the places the soil is dry while in some places it is slippery and rocky.

“When going to the mountain people will need to move slowly and look carefully where they step. Our forefathers used to go up those mountains and they have mastered the area,” he said.

Mr Valekuta said it was the first time a plane had crashed at the mountain.

“It is slippery especially when it rains and the fog is thick. My son has been accompanying the rescue team,” he said.

“My son slipped and injured himself and he is resting at home.”

His son Aborosio Rokete said he was lucky to have not been seriously injured.

“It is dangerous going up the mountains but we have to take the risk because the lives of the two people are very important. We had to swim across over ten rivers which come from the same source,” the 33-year-old said.

“When it was foggy we had to call each other because we hardly could see each other. When climbing the mountain one has to go first to tie a rope so that the rest of us can climb using the rope.

“I am lucky that when I slipped I wasn’t seriously injured. I thank God for protecting the rescue team when doing our search.”

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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