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Families of Gau 7 Undergo Counselling

The families of the seven Gau men, who are missing at sea, have been undergoing counselling. Mata-ni-Tikina of Sawaieke Village in Gau, Kelepi Delai Mataitoga, confirmed this to the Fiji
03 Jan 2019 10:43
Families of Gau 7 Undergo Counselling
Family of Alipate Ross who is one of the seven missing from Gau spread mats and masi on top of his home on January 2, 2019.

The families of the seven Gau men, who are missing at sea, have been undergoing counselling.

Mata-ni-Tikina of Sawaieke Village in Gau, Kelepi Delai Mataitoga, confirmed this to the Fiji Sun yesterday.

The seven had left Nawaikama Village in Gau on a yellow fibreglass boat for Levuka on Ovalau last week on Wednesday at about 5am to do some shopping, but failed to return.

It was confirmed that they had arrived and left Levuka on the same day.

The boat was spotted last week on Friday at 4pm during an aerial search.

The seven missing are Filimoni Tuisinu, Livai Bulimaibau, Navitalai Bale, Josevata Bolatakeu, Adriu George, Alipate Ross and Ananaiasa Koroi.

“The church and the vanua are counseling the wives and the mothers of those missing because they have really been affected by the incident,” Mr Mataitoga said.

“They were told to accept and not to blame anyone for what had happened

“Out of the seven missing, two are married and the five are single. The families are slowly coming to terms with the fact that the seven may never return alive.”

Mr Mataitoga said they would be holding a vigil.

“Nawaikama villagers have put mats and masi on the rooftops of the homes of those missing. This tradition has been practised when someone from Nawaikama is missing at sea and his body has not been found,” he said.

“The mats and masi will remain there and will never be taken down until the police have confirmed their fate.”

Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maretino Qiolevu said they would continue to search for the seven missing.

“We are pleading with the public to let us know of any lead. For now our search has been suspended because of the bad weather warning,” ACP Qiolevu said.

“Our search will continue after the bad weather warning and when we get new leads.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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