EPELI Rasoki could only stare in shock and walk away after discovering a man's body at a creek beside Subrail Park in Labasa early yesterday morning.
Mr Rasoki, a stallholder of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North, was in disbelief when he saw the body at about 8am.
Mr Rasoki said he was on his way to the tap to fill some water when he spotted the deceased.
At first sight, he thought he saw a workman's overall but when he moved closer, he saw the man's feet.
He said the man was lying on his side facing an empty boat.
Mr Rasoki said after seeing the man, he walked back and notified the matter to a police personnel who was on patrol at Subrail Park.
Other stall owners shared similar sentiments saying it was shocking to see the body early in the morning.
Another stallholder Alekisa Raigu said they all gathered at the scene to witness the find.
He said while it was shocking to see the man lying in the swamp, they also felt sorry for him because he was a familiar face in the Northern town.
Divisional police commander Northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau confirmed police personnel had attended to the scene and transported the deceased to the Labasa Hospital.
"We can confirm the death and now the deceased is at the hospital. We will wait for the post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death," he said.