Family remains hopeful

Divers from the Fiji Police Special Response Unit continue their search of the missing driver whose vehicle veered off Kasavu Rd and plunged into the Rewa River on Tuesday morning, July 17, 20189. Picture: JONA KONATACI

POLICE divers are still searching for 21-year-old Monish Sami, the driver of the vehicle which veered off Kasavu Rd in Nausori and landed into the Rewa River.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said day two of the search resumed yesterday morning. When visited by this newspaper yesterday, the family of the 21-year-old said they were still hopeful that Sami was alive.

Sami’s uncle, Vijay Pillay said he was eagerly waiting for the police search team for the news of his nephew.

Mr Pillay said he used to work with Sami at the Narere Buses Co. Ltd in Valelevu.

“We used to work together in the same shift. I am a senior driver with the company. He was assigned for a pick up from Baulevu for one passenger. He went to pick up after some time around 3am and 3.15am he met me in Saweni. I was going to the garage this time,” Mr Pillay said.

“Before 4am, he had already picked up the passenger. This was his last contact with me. We tried calling him again because he had to pick another passenger also. The passenger called our company supervisor advising that he wasn’t picked up on time and he was waiting for a long time.

“When I called Sami, his phone was switched off. This is when I advised my supervisor to check up on him.

“After the accident, I called and informed his parents in Nadi and they have arrived in Suva. We are still keeping our hopes high that he is still alive or maybe he is lying somewhere injured.”

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