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Pregnant Wife Hopes For A Son To Name After Drowned Spouse

Her husband was believed to have drowned in the Wainibuka River on Tuesday.
03 Jan 2020 13:10
Pregnant Wife Hopes For A Son To Name After Drowned Spouse
Widow Talica Gonetabu with Vilive Tubuitamana (right) and Mitieli Rateibono who were with her husband when he drowned. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Without a husband and father, the pregnant wife of the late Semi Veitaukula Tokalauvere, hopes she bears a boy and names him after the father.

“Now that he is no longer with me, I only hope I’ll give birth to a baby boy and we will name the baby after him,” Talica Gonetabu said.

Her husband was believed to have drowned in the Wainibuka River on Tuesday.

When she was told that her husband was missing in the Wainibuka River; she did not want to believe it.

“I only believed that he was dead when I saw his body,” the 25-year-old woman said.

“I have lost a loving and caring husband and no one will replace him.”

Ms Gonetabu, said her husband had gone out fishing on Monday and returned with a big catch.

“On Tuesday, he called some children to accompany him, but he never returned,” she said.

Her mother, Marica Caginiveisau, said she had lost a loving and hardworking son-in-law.

She said they had all planned to go fishing and while they followed a longer route, her son-in-law used a short cut.

Ms Caginiveisau said he swam across the Wainibuka River with two boys, nine-year-old Vilive Tubuitamana and 13-year-old Mitieli Rateiboro. Mitieli said they were about to reach the other side of the river when Tokalauvere, called out to him to hand him a bamboo.

“When I turned back with the bamboo I could only see the fingers of his right hand,” Mitieli said.

He then sprinted back to the village to alert the villagers, but the search proved futile.

Divers from the Police also joined the search, but they too could not locate the body.

It is understood that Mr Tokalauvere’s family from Suva arrived and made a traditional presentation to the chief of Nasautoka Village. After the presentation the body of Mr Tokalauvere surfaced at the same spot they had been searching.

Semi Tokalauvere.

Semi Tokalauvere.

The funeral is planned after the post mortem examination is conducted.

Mr Tokalauvere is originally from Sawaieke Village in Gau and was living with his wife at Uluinavute Settlement in Nasautoka.

Meanwhile, villagers of Nasautoka, Nabouva, have been acknowledged by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu, for helping them recover the body of the late Mr Tohalauvere.

He also advised them on the need to adhere to advisories and warnings given by relevant authorities in times of disasters.

Mr Tudravu also commended the Rescue Operation conducted by the Police Special Response Unit that successfully led to the discovering of the body.

Widow Talica Gonetabu with Vilive Tubuitamana (right), and Mitieli Rateiboro who were with her husband when he drowned. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Widow Talica Gonetabu with Vilive Tubuitamana (right), and Mitieli Rateiboro who were with her husband when he drowned. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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