Police confirm double drowning
A 38-year-old father of two is the latest drowning victim at Tufutafoe, Savai’i.
This was confirmed by Police Media Spokesperson, Superintendent Au’apa’au Logoitino Filipo, during an interview with the Samoa Observer.
He said the deceased was with other two men of the village on the night of 1 November 2017 when the incident happened.
“According to our report, he went fishing with two men in the wee hours of the morning,” Au’apa’au said.
“The two men told the Police that not long after they started fishing, they heard him screaming for help, by that time he already fell off from where he was standing on the rock.”
Aua’pa’au said the deceased’s family contacted Police at Apia at 5:30am the same day.
“That’s when we called our station at Asau for help because people of the village have been looking for his body everywhere,” he said.
“He was later found out at sea not far from where they were fishing. Police are satisfied that he died from drowning.”
A family member of the deceased told Samoa Observer he was trapped between rocks when he fell and strong waves carried his body out to the sea.
The deceased was laid to rest last week at his home in Tufutafoe.
In a separate incident, Au’apa’au also confirmed a 38-year-old man of Samalaeulu drowned last week.
Auapa’au said he went with his cousins to fish at Solomea at Samalaeulu when he died. Police are still investigating.