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Family reels from son's death on the high seas

Mere Naleba
Monday, April 21, 2014

THE FAMILY of a 22-year-old man who is believed to have drowned in Galoa waters is still trying to come to terms with his death.

Tevita Tukana Waqa, who had just graduated with a diploma in marine engineering from the Fiji National University and was planning to celebrate his 23rd birthday on May 8, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Lekutu Health Centre in Bua on Good Friday.

Tevita Tukana's younger brother - Sikeli Waqa - said his mother and siblings had left home to attend the 10am Good Friday service and he was about to head off to church too when his phone rang.

Mr Waqa said his mother could not believe that Tevita was dead because they were just talking on Thursday.

Tukana, from Nukuloa Village on Gau, was part of a team from the Government Shipping Services who were on a two-month tour of duty to Vanua Levu on the tug Dre Donu 1.

"He followed the footsteps of my father who is also a seaman," Mr Waqa said.








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