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Naval officer on G77 watch drowns

By MARGARET WISE
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Update: 8:09PM THE police have confirmed that a naval officer drowned in waters off Natadola at about 12.30pm today.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said the deceased was part of the security detail dispatched to the G77 plus China meeting.

"He was with naval officers on the vessel Kiro," he said.

"According to the incident report, the 51-year-old was swimming to the shore for a physical training exercise when he encountered problems.

"Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Sigatoka Hospital."

ACP Tudravu said police were investigating the unfortunate incident and would comment further tomorrow.

Heads of State and dignitaries from 15 countries were in Natadola for the G77 High Level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South.

The G77 was established in 1964 by an original group of 77 countries designed to be the voice of developing countries on economic and social issues. Membership has since increased to 132 from Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean regions. PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was elected chairman of the G77 in September 2012 after being nominated by the Asia-Pacific group of the UN.