Fiji Time: 6:00 PM on Friday 29 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Diver drowns at sea

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 08, 2014

A MALAKE island diver is the latest drowning victim.

Dead is 32-year-old Osea Gata who drowned while on a spearfishing expedition on Thursday night with seven others.

Police West spokeswoman Naina Ragigia confirmed Mr Gata had left his island village in a 28-foot fibreglass boat before the incident.

"He was the captain of the boat and had gone with seven other men and they stopped to dive about five kilometers away from the island," she said.

"The seven divers went into the water while Mr Gata was alone in the boat. After a few minutes, the divers noticed that the boat was moving around in circles and after a while the engine stopped.

"Two of the divers went to the surface to see what was wrong and they saw that the deceased was missing."

Ms Ragigia said the rest of the divers resurfaced and they waited until daylight before searching for the deceased.

"They found Mr Gata's body about five metres below water after the search.

"They took his body to the Rakiraki Hospital where a post-mortem will be conducted."

She added an emergency post-mortem examination was conducted yesterday.

Mr Gata's drowning takes the national drowning death toll to nine compared with eight for the same period last year.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64150.6225
JPY 51.982948.9829
GBP 0.36900.3610
EUR 0.44000.4280
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65310.6281
USD 0.48960.4726

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Complete waste'
  2. Sevens unite
  3. Last lot to Rio
  4. Execs at loggerheads
  5. Fearless Riwai
  6. Edible bamboo import
  7. Farmers submit proposal
  8. Qiliho assures safety
  9. $12.5m for minors
  10. Agents of change

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  8. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  9. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)