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One man died and another man still missing at sea

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/07/2020

One man has died and another currently missing at sea after fishing in Patangata last night.

Police and relatives in Patangata are currently searching for two missing fishermen at sea.

As of this morning one body was recovered and one is still missing.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau says they’ve received call for assistance at around 11 last night from the family saying two men went fishing and never returned.

Police officers were then called in to assist searching around the area for the two men where they recovered one body this morning however, it was too late to revive him.

No further details were released as the search continues.

The two fishermen are close relatives.

‘Atunaisa is again reminding all fishermen to be more cautious when fishing at sea to minimize future tragedies.

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