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Mum, Children Think Of Father Missing At Sea

Grief-stricken Maca Lewatoga, 40, is missing her husband. Mrs Lewatoga and her four children are still trying to accept that their father Josevata Bolatakeu, 43, is likely to be dead.
04 Jan 2019 09:59
Mum, Children Think Of Father Missing At Sea

Grief-stricken Maca Lewatoga, 40, is missing her husband.

Mrs Lewatoga and her four children are still trying to accept that their father Josevata Bolatakeu, 43, is likely to be dead.

He is still missing at sea with six other men. Hopes of finding them alive have rapidly faded.

“I am still disappointed with him for not listening to me yet on the other hand, we really miss him,” Ms Lewatoga said.

“All we can do now is be thankful to God for his life.”

Mr Bolatakeu of Levuka-i-Gau, Gau Is- land and six other men of Nawaikama and Qarani villages have been missing since Wednesday last week.

The other six are; Filimoni Tuisinu, Livai Bulimaibau, Navitalai Bale, Adriu George, Alipate Ross and Ananaiasa Koroi.

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 they 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.

Two other T-shirts and a boat seat were also located before the search was suspended last week Saturday.

Meanwhile, the villagers of Levuka-i-Gau yesterday gathered for a memorial service and paid their last respects before they put up mats and masi on the rooftop of Mr Bola- takeu’s home in the village.

This is part of tradition for people from Gau, which is practised when someone is missing at sea and his/her body is not found.

The mats and masi will remain on the rooftop and will never be taken down.

This tradition was also practised at Nawaikama Village on Wednesday.

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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