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Drowning Victim’s Mother Faces Saddest Christmas

Talkative Ratu Kini Vosailagi Turuva, 10, left behind memories that his family will cherish close to their hearts. Ratu Kini lost his life on Saturday morning after he drowned while
24 Dec 2018 13:37
Drowning Victim’s Mother Faces  Saddest Christmas
Joana Turuva holding Ratu Kini’s favorite towel and a photo of him while sitting inside their home in Nakavu Village, Nadi on December 23, 2018. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Talkative Ratu Kini Vosailagi Turuva, 10, left behind memories that his family will cherish close to their hearts.

Ratu Kini lost his life on Saturday morning after he drowned while diving with a 12-year-old boy for fresh water mussels in the river near Nakavu Village in Nadi.

Ratu Kini Vosailagi Turuva

Ratu Kini Vosailagi Turuva

His mother, Joana Turuva said this was the saddest Christmas for the family and one that she would never forget.

Mrs Turuva said she was at work when the incident happened.

“We were both at work and my husband’s nephews came and asked him to go with them to the Nadi River,” she said.

“About 11am, my husband called me and said there was an accident at home and I needed to knock-off early.”

She said upon her arrival at the Nadi Hospital, he had already passed away.

“When we reached the hospital he was already gone and it is really sad because he was the youngest in the family of four children,” she said.

“He was very talkative our house will be quiet now.”

Mrs Turuva said Ratu Kini had a favourite towel which he always took with him wherever he went.

“Every time he comes back from school he will look for his favourite towel and if he can’t find that towel, he will grab other people’s towels and place it anywhere,” she said.

“Isa, but this morning all the towels are in place and not scattered everywhere, I really miss him.”

Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said while the two were diving the 12-year-old called for help where a 40-year-old farmer managed to pull the victim to the river bank.

Ms Naisoro said attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and Ratu Kini was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Nadi Hospital.

The drowning toll now stands at 42 compared to 26 for the same period last year.

Ratu Kini will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Edited by Percy Kean

nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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