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Police searching for man missing at sea on Christmas

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/12/2018

Police and local divers in Fatumu are currently searching for a 24-year-old man Viliami Vaka’uta from Kolomotu’a, who went missing at sea on Christmas.

Chief Superintendent of the Mu’a Police Station – Sisi Tonga says Vaka’uta and his family had been having a picnic at the Laulea Beach on Christmas day.

Vaka’utas wife had gone into the water to swim, unaware that Laulea Beach was reputed to be dangerous for swimming. Soon after, she began to drown and Vaka’uta, with help from a foreigner who was at the beach at the same time, rushed to rescue her.

They were able to save the woman, but Vaka’uta did not make it to shore.

Sisi Tonga says this is not the first time for such an incident to happen at the Laulea Beach but urged people to be more careful when celebrating the holidays in order to stay safe.

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