A heartbreaking incident unfolded in Musket Cove, western Fiji, as a 13-month-old girl tragically lost her life after falling from a catamaran. The toddler, identified as Māhina Toki, was reportedly left strapped to the vessel while her parents were cooking dinner. The New Zealand Herald reported that the child had been secured in a harness on the deck, engrossed in a movie, while her parents, Mark and Kiri, were in the galley. Upon their return, they were unable to locate their daughter, leading to a frantic search that ended in tragedy.
It is believed that she somehow managed to free herself and ended up overboard. Despite an urgent search effort, the little girl’s lifeless body was found floating in the sea. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The parents, Mark and Kiri, described their daughter as a beautiful, happy child who adored the water and life on the boat. Kiri further shared that Māhina had captivating eyes that seemed to peer into one’s soul from the day she was born. The devastated parents are now making arrangements to return to their home in Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.
The community has rallied behind the grieving family, with over $18,000 already raised through the Givealittle page to assist with the costs of flights home and funeral expenses. The authorities in Fiji have launched an investigation into the tragic incident. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is also providing counseling services to the family during this difficult time.
As the investigation continues, the family and friends of Māhina mourn the loss of a vibrant and cherished young life. The Givealittle post bidding farewell to Māhina expressed the hope that she would forever find peace at sea.