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Alleged Drowning Shatters Boy’s Dreams Of Playing Rugby, Joining Army

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said his body was discovered floating in the Nakurakura River yesterday.
06 Apr 2022 16:13
Alleged Drowning Shatters Boy’s Dreams Of Playing Rugby, Joining Army
From left: Tokasa Serau, with youngest brother Waisea Coka and sister Temalesi at Nasau in Nadi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Dreams of a young Fijian boy wanting to play rugby and be an army officer were shattered on Friday following an alleged drowning incident.

Dead is 14-year-old Mijieli Viliviliyawa of Nadi Back Road, who is alleged to have drowned while swimming with friends in the Nakurakura River.

Mijieli was a student of Mulomulo Primary School and is the second youngest of five siblings.

Sister Tokasa Serau said their youngest brother, Waisea Coka, who was living with another sister at Nasau Settlement in Nadi was out swimming with friends in the river. And last Friday afternoon, Mijieli went out to look for Waisea.

“Mijieli then joins the kids in the river. While swimming, they were taking TikTok videos and pictures of themselves. After a while the other children realised that he was nowhere to be seen. They looked for him but couldn’t find him,” she said tearfully.

“They raised the alarm to the family and that’s when we contacted the Police.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said his body was discovered floating in the Nakurakura River yesterday.

Ms Serau said her mother, Tulia Nadau, who first learned of Mijieli’s tragic death, kept going to the river and calling out his name until his body was found.

“My mother thought the news of his disappearance was a lie because it was April the Fool. When she knew that it was real, she could not stop herself crying over my brother. We are happy that Mijieli’s body has been found. We miss him.”

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