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Family Of Drowning Victim Remember Jovial Son

He has left the family grief-stricken with our energy sapped as we mourn his sudden death. Those were the words of a heavy-hearted father, Sevanaia Waisea, whose son, Inoke Rasaciva
09 Jan 2019 10:00
Family Of  Drowning Victim Remember Jovial Son
Inoke Rasaciva Waisea

He has left the family grief-stricken with our energy sapped as we mourn his sudden death.

Those were the words of a heavy-hearted father, Sevanaia Waisea, whose son, Inoke Rasaciva Waisea, drowned at Waibuna River in Taveuni on Monday afternoon.

“I work as a labourer for Fulton Hogan and while I was working, I received a call from Police explaining what happened to my 14-year-old son,” Mr Waisea said.

“He went with his friends to see the waterfall at Bouma, which is a few kilometres away from the village and on their way back they stopped at Waibuna Irish Crossing around 3pm.

“They then all jumped in the river and decided to have a swim.

“I was told the water was calm, but suddenly he was carried away by a current and got stuck inside the culvert.

“This is a well-known spot where many have lost their lives, but my son was unaware about it.

“My wife, children and I haven’t eaten since then and only drank cocoa because we are shattered and sad,” the 43-year-old father of six children said.

“Inoke was supposed to go to Year Eight at Somosomo District School and we planned to do back to school shopping tomorrow after I get my pay.

“He always wanted to become a soldier and was looking forward to going back to school.”

Inoke, is the fourth eldest in the family.

“When I heard about his passing away, the memories I had when I lost my father 20 years ago flashed back and left me emotionally shaken and in great pain,” Mr Waisea said.

“Only a father knows the pain of losing a son in a tragic manner. We miss him so much. He was so humble and jovial.”

Divisional Police Commander North Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa said the post mortem examination would be conducted soon.

“This is the first drowning case in the Northern Division for 2019. Our investigation continues,” SSP Waqa said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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