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Written by Lindy Laird, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011

Healing: With no grave to mourn beside, the drowned man's family returned to the spot he was last seen. Photo / Michael Cunningham

A moving memorial service has been held a year after Shoan Theo Fisimani Mafileo drowned near Ngunguru - a service his family says will give them some closure.

The body of the 20-year-old, known as Fisi and Xavea by family and friends, was never found after he was knocked off his feet while wading in shallow water and caught in a rip. That was Easter Monday last year, a meaningful day and one that brings some comfort to the late man's church-going family.

A year ago, a turbulent sea refused to return the young man's body, despite an extensive search by police and volunteer teams. Throughout, his family and friends from Auckland kept a vigil at the remote southern end of the beach on the seaward side of Ngunguru Spit.

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