Body of Electrician, 62, Found On Reef

“We wished each other well, eager to meet again as I was supposed to return on Tuesday morning.
17 Apr 2019 16:21
Body of Electrician, 62, Found On Reef
In happier times ... Daniel McCaig (middle) with his grandchildren at Vatukuro Settlement in Cakaudrove Province.

Maria McCaig of Vatukuro Settlement in Cakaudrove Province didn’t know that it would have been the last phone contact with her husband, Daniel McCaig, 62.

The 59-year clerk of J Dayaram Supermarket in Savusavu said her husband went diving in his orange kayak close to their settlement on Monday and didn’t return.

“I came to Suva on Saturday to see one of my sickly relatives admitted at CWM Hospital and my husband called me on Monday morning to tell me that he wanted to go diving,” Ms McCaig said.

“We wished each other well, eager to meet again as I was supposed to return on Tuesday morning.

“When I called him that afternoon and tried again through the night his phone was off and so I called the neighbours to check our house.

There was no sign of him and then I called my relative who is a Police officer to check the Savusavu waters.”

“It was until yesterday 3am when I received the call from the Police that they found the body of my husband at a reef near Jean Michel Cousteau Resort,” she said.

“I broke into tears as I couldn’t believe that my 32 years of marriage would end this way. He was a very loving person and a very famous electrician in Savusavu.

Both of us were looking forward to Easter.

I just want to thank everyone who helped in the search and not forgetting to thank the Lord for at least finding the body.”

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the search party consisted of Police officers and some Nukubalavu villagers who were waiting for the high tide at 0300 hours to start searching along the reef passage towards his last location.

“Later the victim’s body was found by the search party,” Ms Naisoro said.

“Investigation continues.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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