Body seen afloat

VILLAGERS in Nailaga, Ba were shocked to discover a floating body along the Ba River on Tuesday afternoon.

Eye witness Asinate Waqa said villagers had come out to inspect the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Keni when they saw the body.

“We were standing beside the river taking pictures when someone shouted that a body was in the river,” she said. “We saw it as it came down but no one could do anything because the current was too strong.”

She said the villagers immediately alerted police.

“A lot of us saw the body and we noticed that the body was bloated.

“It looked like it was in the water for a while.”

Police chief operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu confirmed the sighting.

He said police and National Fire Authority officers carried out a joint operation to search for the missing person.

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