Tragic Veitongo drowning victims laid to rest

The bodies of ʻEmeline Ngalu Pousini, from Maʻufanga  and Vili Foekina-ʻI he-Langi Jagroop of Fasimoeafi in Tonga, were laid to rest at the Kalevalio Cemetery today Saturday 18 after family and friends had gathered for a requiem mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary  in Maʻufanga.

The 25-year-old Jagroop drowned when he was swept into the water at Veitongo  Saturday 11.

His friend 23-year-old  Pousini jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue him but was also swept away by the strong currents.

The double tragedy struck as the couple were having a picnic at the Veitongo beach along with teachers and classmates from ʻAhopanilolo Technical Institute (ATI).

Jagroop was a teacher ‘a ATI while Pousini was an ex-student.

The victims were described as “soul mates who radiated happiness when they were together”.

The body of Jagroop was found on Sunday this week one day after the body of Pousini was recovered from the water.

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