Vava'u: Two tourists die within days of each other

An Australian tourist died after leaving a church on September 15. Brettian Mamilton 53 and his partner Leanne Maftession attended a Sunday service at the village of Talau in Vavaʻu.

On their way back to the Talau Guest House where they lived, Mr. Mamilton fell ill and gradually fell to the ground. He was rushed to the hospital but died before he was arrived.

Vava’u Police Superintend Netane Falakiseni told Kaniva News a report by  Dr Sonasi Hu’ahulu at the Neiafu Hospital says the deceased died from heart attack.

Three days later another Australian fell ill after joining a group of whale watchers at ‘Euakafa Island. Mrs Jane Elizabeth Robinson eventually fainted and was rushed to the hospital at Neiafu on September 18.

Falakiseni said  Robinson was declared dead 10 minutes upon arrival at the hospital. A report by Dr Sisi Longoa’a Latu says she suffered from heart attack.

The two deceased have been flown on a chartered flight from Vava’u to Tongatapu on September 20 and were expected to be departed for Australia on September 26, Falakiseni said.


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