Raising safety concerns

Fred Wesley | Friday, December 22, 2017
Elizabeth Tabore was emotional yesterday. She had farewelled her husband Tukana Natu on Tuesday morning as he prepared for a fishing trip near Naboro.
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

She remembers her joke that morning to her husband for him not to catch a whale.

She remembers he had responded that he would call her.

She knows him as a short-tempered man with a good heart.

Nothing prepared her for the news that her husband was missing at sea.

She was shocked and very emotional.

Yesterday she said no other family should go through what she was going through now, especially over the Christmas period.

Her hopes for her husband to return home with a catch for Christmas was overtaken by the news that he was missing. That's when her day turned into a nightmare.

They have a three-year-old daughter Dominique, and are expecting their second child in June next year.

Mr Natu, 29, went fishing with his younger brother Petero around 9am on Tuesday and allegedly went missing off the reef off Namuka Island and Naqara passage near Kalokolevu Village after their boat capsized.

As police investigations continue, Petero was still trying to come to terms with the ordeal.

Such incidents remind us about how fragile life can be.

In a sense it hangs by a thread so to speak.

Accidents happen. However, accidents can be prevented.

The onus though is on how we adhere to issues of safety.

Preparation becomes critically important, as well as issues of safety.

Perhaps this should be a firm reminder for us all about life, and how much we value it.

Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance (TD04F) is expected to intensify into a tropical depression and move towards Fiji over the weekend.

A statement issued by the Ministry of National Disaster Management points out a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain was to the north of the country and was expected to drift on to the country.

While the system has low chances of turning into a cyclone in Fiji waters, heavy rain may lead to flash floods.

The system is expected to pass close to Fiji and will bring heavy rain and strong winds from tonight.

A warning has been issued about the possibility of flooding.

Communities living in low-lying areas have been advised to remain alert and take appropriate action when the need arises.

While an improvement in the weather is expected on Monday, we have been advised to stay alert.

We definitely need to be proactive.

As we count down the days to Christmas Day, we should plan to be spending the special day with loved ones. Let's stay safe this festive season.

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