FIJI: Hurricane Tomas Claims First VictimPosted: March 15, 2010
Reported earlier today by Fiji Times.
A WOMAN sacrificed her life to save her sisters and two children when huge waves swept them three metres from the beach to sea as Hurricane Tomas bore down on Fiji.
Tamarisi Tabua, 31, was hailed a hero as her family huddled in grief and took cover from torrential rain and wind brought on by the category three hurricane, which was expected to reach the north-eastern part of Vanua Levu this morning with wind speeds of up to 220km per hour.
Ms Tabua was with her sisters Mereula and Alanieta Evans, nephew Mesake, 10, and niece Fulori, 4, when waves swept them into Namilamila Bay in Ucunivatu, Cakaudrove on Vanua Levu, on Saturday.
Alanieta, a former national netballer on holiday here from England, said they would have died if it had not been for her sister.