Search continues after body of Sea Captain Sam Tatafu identified

The search for two men missing at sea off Tongatapu will continue today, after police identified the body found today as former Navy Lieutenant Commander Samuela Tatafu.

Police search team continued to search for the body of his associate, Litani Taufa.

The two men were reported missing at sea yesterday Tuesday 23 April, after failing to arrive in Nuku’alofa at 10am after leaving ‘Eua at 6am.

An aerial search which has been conducted by Real Tonga located Tatafu’s body on the beach area at Tu’aliku cliffs of Lapaha.

A small boat was also located further along the coast.

Tatafu was the owner of Deep Blue Diving a business venture which began when he built a couple of small boats.

“… Sam had gained a considerable amount of specialised marine training by being a Lieutenant Commander in the Tongan Navy,”

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