Return of missing fisherman a miracle

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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The logs and debri from Vaisigano river ends up on the black sand beach on Beach Road. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The logs and debri from Vaisigano river ends up on the black sand beach on Beach Road. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The discovery of a fisherman who was swept out to sea during Cyclone Gita has been described as nothing but a miracle by his relatives.

The father of one, in his mid 30s, went fishing at Sataoa with a companion last Friday afternoon while the country was being warned about Cyclone Gita.

They struck problems and the men were separated.

“They ended up in different locations,” a relative told the Samoa Observer.

“His friend found his way up at Lotofaga in the early morning of Saturday but he was not found until much later.”

Just when his family panicked, he washed up at Matafa’a.

The Samoa Observer was able to speak to one of his relatives at Sataoa yesterday and they’re thankful he’s alive.

“He’s staying with his wife at Se’ese’e,” the relative said. 

“We didn’t know anything about the incident until we were told about this on Sunday.

“We were told that his mother dropped him off with his friend last Friday afternoon to go fishing and that’s when they struck problems because the tide was rough.”

It was not possible to obtain a comment from the Police yesterday.

But the Samoa Observer was informed that the people who found him at Matafa’a took him straight to the hospital where he was later discharged.

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