According to The Fiji Sun, a 36-year-old Australian man was found dead on a coral reef, off the Coral Coast yesterday morning.
His man's body was found about one kilometer south of the Outrigger on the Lagoon after he was reported missing last Saturday night (May 24).
He becomes the second Australian tourist to have died in Fijian waters following the death of Sydney father-of-three, Mark Hardaker, 40, just 10 days ago.
It is alleged that Hardaker was killed in a collision involving two boats while holidaying with his family here on May 16.
On Saturday, an American tourist was rescued, clinging to a pole in a reef off Pacific Harbor, by a Freedive Fiji boat crew.
COMMENT: In recent weeks, it appears that foreigners have seemingly confronted far too many misfortunes for such events to be explained as yet another coincidence.
If anything, Fiji and Bali seem to be engaged in a race to see how many Australians can die in a relatively short period of time. Not good.
Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed the incident at the Coral Coast saying the Australian tourist died while snorkeling. The body is now kept at the Sigatoka Hospital mortuary.
Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort general manager Peter Hopgood confirmed to The Sydney Morning Herald that the tourist was a guest who had checked in at the resort with a friend for just one night.
The man had gone snorkeling by himself at about 1520 hours last Saturday and had returned to the beach.
The man was last seen by guests at 1745 hours.
“The person in question was snorkeling late in the evening and did not return to his accommodation,” Hopgood told THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.
The search resumed at first light yesterday and the man’s body was found on a coral reef soon after, about one kilometer south of the resort and just offshore.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian High Commission have been informed.
It’s believed the man was originally from Perth, but lived and worked in Melbourne.