Drowning victim at Hihifo named by police

An Australian woman who drowned earlier last week at Liku’alofa Beach on western Tongatapu has today been named by police.

She was Wilma Caldwell, 62, a Jindera who was holidaying in Tonga with her partner.

Tonga police said the Nukunuku police station received a report of the incident about 12.27pm last Tuesday 3.

No further details were released as an inquiry is continuing.

An Australian website says, yesterday colleagues at Clarke Security Services in Wodonga were still in shock.

Business owners Leonie and Jeff Clarke said Ms Caldwell was a loyal worker for seven years with the company, The Border Mail reported.

“Wilma was a very devoted and loyal worker,” Mrs Clarke said.

“She was dearly loved and will be missed.”

On September 15, an Australian, Brettian Mamilton 53 died in the island of Vava’u in Tongan from heart attack.

Three days later another Australian fell ill after joining a group of whale watchers at ‘Euakafa Island. Mrs Jane Elizabeth Robinson eventually fainted and was rushed to the hospital at Neiafu on September 18. She was pronounced dead 10 minutes upon arrival at the hospital.

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