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‘Tokoara Was Outstanding, Promising Bosun’

An emotional South Sea Towage Limited general manager, David Robertson, yesterday paid tribute to Mr Tokoara who was an integral part of the company and his death was a big loss to the company.
10 Jul 2020 14:09
‘Tokoara Was Outstanding, Promising Bosun’
Theresa Linda 37, with the picture of her late husband Sauhili Patrick Tokoara 38, who died on Monday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The late Sauhili Patrick Tokoara was an outstanding and promising bosun, who was due to return to school this year to get his qualification to be a Tug Captain.

An emotional South Sea Towage Limited general manager, David Robertson, yesterday paid tribute to Mr Tokoara who was an integral part of the company and his death was a big loss to the company.

He was injured on Monday while on duty onboard the Ratu Rabici tug boat at Ono-i-Lau.

He was part of a 12-member crew including an interpreter who was deployed on June 25 to salvage a Chinese fishing vessel with its 15-member crew.

South Sea Towage Limited workshop and office at Walubay  in Suva . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

South Sea Towage Limited workshop and office at Walubay in Suva . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

As a result of his injuries, he was conveyed to the Ono-i-Lau Health Centre and attended to by a doctor, however he passed away shortly after.

The next day a charter flight brought his body to Suva and he was immediately taken to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Mr Robertson said there was a certain amount of danger attached to the work of seamen and the company recognised its responsibility and ensured that OHS procedures were adhered to at all times during operations.

He added that the incident was the first of its kind to happen during his time in the company since 2014.

Mr Tokoara also trained young cadets attached to the company from the Fiji Maritime Academy.

“We will do everything we can to help and support his wife,” Mr Robertson said.

Since his passing, a company representative has been assigned to assist with funeral arrangements.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji along with Police are expected to carry out investigations once the tug and its crew arrive this weekend.

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