The man who drowned at sea in Tungua, Ha’apai on Saturday, April 29 has been named.
He was 22-year-old Viliami Halakeituai Vaea.
Police said Makineti tried to swim back to shore but got into difficulty after helping other fishermen to fix an anchored boat.
His body was later found washed up on the shores of the island and was immediately identified.
He has become Tonga’s first drowning death of 2017.