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Villagers call off search for missing 4

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

YAVU Village spokesman Aporosa Mudu has confirmed that the villagers on Batiki Island have called off their search for four people missing at sea for more than a week.

Mr Mudu said relatives of one of the four people still missing at sea were devastated by the news but they had to carry out a memorial service for 23-year-old Panapasa Vakatale in Yavu last Wednesday. He said they had to hold a memorial service because the four remained missing for more than a week.

"Close family and friends from the neighbouring village were part of the memorial service in Yavu Village last week," Mr Mudu said.

"We had to accept the fact that they were missing and the chance of finding someone who has been missing for a whole week was little. Relatives and close friends have been listening to the radio for updates these last couple of days on the search that is still being conducted by police."

He said close relatives of Panapasa Vakatale gathered in Suva for a church service to remember the 23 year old.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police were continuing with their search and that they would decide today on whether they would continue it.