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Police probe attack

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, August 23, 2013

A TEAM of police officers was yesterday deployed to a floating restaurant and bar that was cut adrift by a group of villagers.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police officers from the Nadi Police Station had been deployed to the scene to conduct investigations.

On Wednesday morning, a group of men armed with cane knives cut the mooring lines of Cloud 9.

Cloud 9, a $1million restaurant and bar, is located in open seas off Tavarua Island in the Malolo Group and is frequented by tourists booked at nearby island resorts.

Some tourists who were at the restaurant left after the incident while others remained and helped to secure the platform.

Quick action by a nearby resort owner and employees of some resorts saved the unique restaurant and bar from floating further out to sea.

Cloud 9 owner Tony Philp said he was threatened earlier by men from a nearby village in Nadi.

Mr Philp said if the incident had happened at night, then the $1million investment would have disappeared.