NEWS

Despair over, family buries teenager recovered from river

Tasleem was laid to rest at the Kasavu Cemetery in Nausori.
30 Apr 2019 12:26
Despair over, family buries teenager  recovered from river
Baulevu residents watch as the car that was driven by Tasleem Ali was retrieved from the Rewa River in Nausori on April 29, 2019.

After five days of anxious waiting and despair, the family of 18-year-old Tasleem Ali saw their son for the last time before he was laid to rest.

A joint search team consisting divers from the Fiji Police Force and the Naval Division of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces retrieved Tasleem’s car from the Rewa River yesterday.

Tasleem was laid to rest at the Kasavu Cemetery in Nausori.

His brother Aiyub Khan said the family was thankful to the Police and Fijian Navy for their help in locating Tasleem’s car.

“It is difficult to accept, we had never thought we would see this day for him,” Mr Khan said.

“Whatever has happened, has happened, it is unfortunate, but at least they found my brother.”

He said the incident has been  difficult on the family and while it is painful they would have to learn to accept it.

Ali had allegedly lost control of the vehicle he was driving when it veered off the road in Baulevu last Wednesday and plunged into the Rewa River.

The car was located yesterday morning when divers saw oil. This led them to the location of the submerged vehicle.

The search team was assisted by the National Fire Authority personnel when the car and the victim’s body were pulled out from the water.

Police and Fire Authority officers recover the car that was driven by the late Taslim Ali in Baulevu Nausori on April 29,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Police and Fire Authority officers recover the car that was driven by the late Taslim Ali in Baulevu Nausori on April 29,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedbackneelam.prasad@fijisun.com.fj



Five square Da Bang Sale


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Total
Covid 19 - SPC
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper