Father's body still missing

By Sialai Sarafina Sanerivi 14 June 2020, 4:48PM

The body of a 48-year-old father from Neiafu in Savai'i is yet to be found, six days after he was swept away by strong waves while trying to rescue his two sons at sea. 

Police officers and untitled men of the villages of Neiafu and Fagasa in Savai'i are continuing the search in the hope of recovering his body soon. 

A senior Police Officer in Savai'i, who was not authorised to speak to the media, confirmed the ongoing efforts had proven fruitless. 

"We still have not found the body of the man from Neiafu," the senior Police officer said. 

"The search for his body continues."

The 48-year-old man has been identified as Mua'au Saito from Neiafu. 

He was swept away by strong waves when he tried to rescue the lives of his two sons who went fishing last Tuesday afternoon. 

Mua'au's 12-year-old son, Peteru, was the first to drown and the concerned father and his other son, Taulapapa, an 18-year-old, jumped in to save Peteru. 

All three were claimed by a strong current. 

Peteru's body was recovered on Tuesday evening by Police officers and untitled men from the village. 

The following day, Taulapapa's body was found; the bodies of the two boys were taken to the Tuasivi morgue. 

On Wednesday, the wife of Mua'au Saito, Lolo Peteru, was in tears and distressed by what had become of her husband and dear sons. 

The 39-year-old mother is hoping and praying that they find the body of her husband soon. 

Meanwhile, the Police source confirmed an accident had taken place in Savai'i on Saturday morning where a taxi struck a 12-year-old boy near the Salelologa Fishmarket. 

"The boy was in town with his grandmother and little brother and they were around the fish market when the accident happened. 

"The little boy was admitted to the hospital that day."

According to the source, the young boy is slowly recovering from his injuries. 

By Sialai Sarafina Sanerivi 14 June 2020, 4:48PM

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