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Woman Reveals Details About Lautoka Drowning

“After 30 minutes of searching we found his body at the bottom of the river. Another friend of mine helped me pull him out of the river."
27 Dec 2020 09:30
Woman Reveals Details About Lautoka Drowning
Losalini Veisa (right), and her niece, Esther Veisa by the spot in Tawatawa River where Michael Mau’s body was retrieved. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Losalini Veisa, one of the two people to retrieve the lifeless body a 17-year-old boy from a river in Lautoka on Christmas Day, revealed details of the incident.

Police report said Michale Mau is the latest drowning victim.

The incident happened in Tawatawa River.

Ms Veisa said the deceased’s family were on a Christmas picnic and arrived early on that day.

The number of people soon increased in the popular picnic spot as they frolicked in the cool water.

At around 5pm, Ms Veisa, who lives nearby, went to check on her father who was bathing there when she heard the late Michael’s family calling out to him.

“We asked them ‘which spot did he jump from’, they pointed at the spot and we told them to look around that same place for him,” she said.

“After 30 minutes of searching we found his body at the bottom of the river. Another friend of mine helped me pull him out of the river.

“We tried to do CPR but his family suggested that they take him to the hospital.

“This is my first time to try to save someone. It was a scary experience.”

Police were quick to respond to the incident.

“The last time someone drowned in this same river was 10 years ago,” she said.

The family of the victim were too distraught to provide comments.

Police spokesperson, Savaira Tabua said the drowning death toll now stands at 37 compared to 41 for the same period last year.

“We are urging the public to be vigilant and take necessary safety precautions if you’re intending to go on a picnic or will be involved in any water-related activities,” she said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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