Policewoman drowns at notorious east Tongatapu beach

A policewoman has reportedly drowned at Laulea, a popular Tongatapu beach.

Selomiti Tufui

A sibling has identified the deceased on social media as Selomiti Tufui.

Mione Tufui posted a video which appeared to show the victim’s body was pulled from the water and being carried out on a stretcher.

Mione emotionally paid tribute to his sister in Tongan and asked why she was leaving so soon.

“I love you Selomiti”, he said.

Police could not be reached for comment.

The details of the incident were still unknown.

Laulea beach is one of the most dangerous places in Tonga to go swimming due to powerful rip currents and waves that are known to sweep people out to sea.

In 2018 Viliami Vaka’uta, 24, was presumed dead after he attempted to save her wife in the water.

In 2017 Soane Tangipa ʻAtaʻata died after he went swimming at the beach.

In 2015  ‘Inoke Mapaleve Mo’unga, 32,  of Kolonga drowned at the beach after  visiting there with his wife and friends.

In 2012   Catholic priest, Father Mikaele Mateo , 37, died at Laulea Beach while helping to rescue his five young nephews who were swept out to open sea by the strong currents.

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