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Australian tourist dies while snorkelling

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, May 26, 2014

AN Australian tourist died while snorkelling at the Coral Coast over the weekend.

Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort general manager Peter Hopgood yesterday confirmed the tourist was a guest at the resort.

"The guest went missing at 7pm last night (Saturday) and was found this morning at 9.50am (yesterday)," Mr Hopgood said.

"The guest was staying for one night at the resort.

"The resort is working with government officials and the Australian Embassy to have the body returned to Australia."

He added the tourist was alone when the incident happened.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed the matter saying investigations continued.

An Information Ministry statement said the Australian tourist died while snorkelling at Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort.

The tourist, from Melbourne and who had been snorkelling, was reported missing in the late afternoon of Saturday.

The statement said police, resort staff members and local fishermen were unable to locate the missing tourist yesterday evening despite a swift and extensive ground and water search.

When the search resumed at first light yesterday morning, the body of the missing tourist was discovered on the reef near Malevu Village.

The statement said the family members of the deceased was being contacted while police completed their investigation.

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