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Guard swept away

Maciu Malo
Saturday, February 23, 2013

THE floods that hit parts of the Western Division two days ago swept away a security guard.

Jovilisi Moceiwasa, 30, was washed away by floodwaters at Vuda in Lautoka at the height of flooding on Thursday.

West police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia confirmed the deceased was last seen swimming with his friends at the Vuda river.

She said police and family members were conducting an extensive search in an effort to locate the late security guard's body yesterday.

"He was swept away by the strong currents and his body is yet to be recovered," said Mrs Ragigia."This is the second day of our search and police are being assisted by family members.

"The search will continue and we are also advising people in the surrounding areas to be on the lookout," she said.

The missing man, a sole bread-winner, has left behind a distraught wife, Losana Soli Ratulevu, and six-year old daughter, Ateca Tavui Labalaba, who were still trying to come to terms with the sudden disappearance of their loved one when The Fiji Times visited their family home yesterday.

Mrs Ratulevu said her husband's call out to inform her that he was going for a rain bath were their last words to each other.

"I was shocked when one of his friends later came to me in the afternoon and said that my husband had drowned," she said.

"I didn't really believe that he was gone because he had told me that he wanted to enjoy having a rain bath.

"He left us at around 12 midday and by 3pm we received news that he had drowned."

Mrs Ratulevu said the family depended on her husband for survival.

"I am worried about our future and the welfare of our daughter because I am not working.

"We really don't know where to turn to and it is more painful to hear my daughter asking for her dad," she said.

Police have again warned members of the public to take extra precautions in regards to their safety and to keep children away from waterways during periods of heavy rain.