Police deny reports

The Ministry of Police has set the record straight.

They say foul play was not involved in an incident where the life of young man from Vaigaga was lost last Sunday.

This was confirmed by Police Media Spokesperson, Superintendent Logoitino Filipo, in response to the Samoa Observer questions. 

“There is no confirmation to the allegations,” he said. 

According to the Spokesperson, the cause of death is drowning. 

“There was also no post mortem conducted on the deceased as the coroner is satisfied with the cause of death,” said Superintendent Logoitino. 

As reported earlier, the Samoa Observer was told that the young man had gone with a group of friends for a swim at Mulinu’u. 

A man who spoke on the condition of anonymity said everyone is in shock because they did not expect such a tragedy to happen.

“I think people are still trying to come to terms with what has happened,” he said. 

“We are absolutely devastated. We never thought in a million years that this could happen at all. We are gutted.”

According to the close friend, the deceased was with his friends. They were enjoying a good Sunday afternoon when he decided to go for a swim.

“I don’t know what exactly happened while he was swimming but they couldn’t save him.”

The deceased was pronounced dead upon arrival at the National Hospital.

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