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Allen Lockington,Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka
Monday, December 04, 2017

I believe emergency lines 919 and 917 do not work.

I have called the lines in the past and I know I didn't get any answer.

The sinking of the barge Kaiwai is an unfortunate incident where we see lives lost (FT 2/12).

One of the people on board, Lance Miller, is testimony to the lines not working.

If he had not called Vodafone from his waterproof phone I dare not think what else could have happened.

(Excerpts for the report (FT 3/11) says "During this time, I used my Samsung S8 which is waterproof to call the resort on Bukama and ask for someone to bring a boat to pick us up.

I managed to get hold of someone but it wasn't that easy. We had to wait for another two-and-a-half hours before we were actually picked up from the water.

I made it a point to call the emergency numbers 919 and 917 and they were engaged.

It was frustrating because we needed help at that time. I called around six times and there was no response.)

The two emergency numbers have been complained about for many years, I cannot understand what's wrong and why they haven't been upgraded.

I make a plea to the authorities to either give the numbers to an organisation that can make better use and respond quickly to emergency calls.

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