Mother laments son’s death

MOTHER-OF-SEVEN, Maria Pia, is still struggling to come to terms with the death of her youngest son.

Tevita Sheik, 20, passed away while he was out fishing with four others from Narara Village in Ra last weekend.

Ms Pia said she last saw her son on Sunday.

“We had dinner together and then he told me he was going to pick his diving suit but he never mentioned he was going diving with his friends,” the 50-year-old said.

It wasn’t until a policeman arrived at her home at 8am on Monday that she was told the dire news.

She said her son was a shy, hardworking person who never failed to lend a helping hand to those who needed it.

“He always helped his father on the farm too.”

According to his cousin, Iowane Sekaia, the five left to fish at midnight on Sunday.

He said they last saw the deceased in a narrow part of the river.

“After we dived and came up, we signalled with a flashlight but we did not get a response from him,” he said.

“We thought he had left so we left too but we returned after a while and that’s when we discovered Tevita.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim from Narara Village had died after jumping off the Rewasa Mead Rd Bridge on Sunday night.

“The victim was swimming in the Drana River with four other men when it is alleged they were diving off the bridge when he failed to surface,” she said.

“He was later found trapped amongst roots of a tree and was rushed to the Rakiraki Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

She said a post-mortem examination would be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

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