Teenager drowns and dies at sea off Luatuanu’u

A teenager from the village of Luatuanu’u died last Friday night after he drowned at sea off the coast of the village.

Luatuanu’u villagers tried to resuscitate the young man when the Samoa Observer got to the scene, but to no avail as he did not respond to the emergency first aid treatment.

The deceased is believed to have gone fishing with his cousin when the incident occurred.

His cousin allegedly pulled the deceased teenager back to shore where villagers carried out CPR on him.

Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene after 9pm on Friday and took the body to the hospital.

Attempts to get an official comment from the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil was unsuccessful.

The teenager is one of several villagers who have died in the area during rough seas.

In January last year three men went missing at sea when they went for a casual swim.

One of the three remains missing to date, while the second one died with his body later getting discovered later, and the third man luckily survived the tragedy. 

The Samoa Meteorology Division has over the last week issued advisories for small crafts and fishing boats for the southern coastal to open waters, due to increasing waves and swell activities.

According to the Meteorology Division’s weather bulletin issued 5pm Sunday, a high pressure system located west of New Zealand continues to direct moderate southeast winds over the Samoa islands. 

It forecast that waves of height 1.5 to 2 metres are expected, though their models project increasing waves and swell activities from 2.5 to 3 metres for southern coastal waters early Monday morning.

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