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Final rites performed

Shayal Devi
Saturday, December 28, 2013

ANJANI Deo received a call from her husband Francis' phone the night he and their 11-year-old daughter disappeared.

Yesterday, she said she believed they tried to call her before being swept away by strong currents at Aralevu Irish Crossing in Tunalia, Nadi.

"I received the call around 8.30pm that Sunday they went missing," the 40-year-old said.

"I tried to call again but the phone was diverted."

Mrs Deo and her relatives were at the scene where her husband and daughter were discovered two weeks ago to pay their final respects.

"I never thought I would live to see this day and come to this moment when I would be unable to save the lives of my husband and daughter.

"But then again, I thank the Lord Almighty because I managed to find the vehicle and their bodies and we were able to conduct the last rituals."

Mrs Deo urged people to be vigilant.

"My husband was a very experienced driver, he had been driving for ages, we really don't know how the incident happened and that means that no matter how experienced we are, we don't know what's going to happen next."

She described daughter Samantha as "an absolute princess".

The young girl had accompanied her father on a trip from Suva on December 8 to drop a family friend at the Nadi International Airport.