Vava‘u pastor reportedly drowns in Ha’apai

Na'e pekia 'a Tekitau Fifita ta'u 38 'o Matamaka, Vava'u kae ngāue fakafaifekau 'i Ha'apai 'i he Falaite uike kuo 'osi' pea ma'u hono sino' he pongipongi Tokonaki'. Na'a' na ō ko e uku he hakau pe 'i Hihifo mo hono tehina 'o hoko ai 'a e mate' ni. Ko e faifekau 'eni 'o e siasi Penitekosi'.

A pastor from Matamaka, Vava’u has reportedly drowned off the coast of Tongoleleka, Ha’apai.

Tekitau Fifita was understood to have been diving at the reefs in the coastal areas when the tragedy happened.

The 38-year-old was diving with a brother on Friday June 15 before he went missing.

His body was recovered from the sea at Holopeka at around 6:00pm the following day.

An inquest report confirmed the cause of Fifita’s death was drowning.

Fifita was the church superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Ha’apai.

His body is expected to be returned to Matamaka.

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