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Fisherman Remains Positive Of Mates Return

Mr Steele told his account of a fishing trip, which turned into a disaster, after the boat they were travelling in capsized at sea along Olosara, Sigatoka yesterday.
02 Oct 2020 11:37
Fisherman Remains Positive Of Mates Return
Albert Steele at Olosara, Sigatoka on October 1, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Fisherman, Albert Steele, is remaining positive that his fishing mates are alive somewhere.

Mr Steele told his account of a fishing trip, which turned into a disaster, after the boat they were travelling in capsized at sea along Olosara, Sigatoka yesterday.

Mr Steele, 39, was with Vicky Avinesh Kumar, 38, and Muni Kumar, 42.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said a search was launched after the two were reported missing.

Mr Steele managed to swim to safety after two hours of swimming in rough waters.

“I am still shaken and devastated. It was an accident and the weather caught up with us all of a sudden,” he said.

“When we left around 5pm yesterday the weather was good until this morning at about 3am the swells picked up.

“We came from Kulukulu Bay and came into the Korotogo Passage.”

It was here that the boat capsized.

He said the last he saw of his two friends was when Vicky called out to him.

“Another big wave came and I wasn’t able to see them.

“I am still hoping that they are alive somewhere because they were good fishermen,” he added.

Muni Kumar’s eldest son, Manish Reddy, said he was not losing hope easily for his family.

“The last time I spoke with my dad was on Tuesday night before going to Nadi. I told him that I will come and spend Fiji Day with them,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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