The National – Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The family of an Australian man who went missing in waters of New Ireland has thanked the people of Kavieng for their help in the search for his body by donating a portable defibrillator and a First Aid kit to Kavieng General Hospital.
Hospital medical services director Dr Joseph Kuk confirmed that the donation was made last Friday.
Paul Duggan, 58, from Melbourne, was attached with AusAID under the law and justice sector at the time of his disappearance in waters between Enang and Nusa Taumata in the Tigak Islands of New Ireland.
The New Ireland disaster and emergency office confirmed Duggan’s disappearance after he failed to resurface when diving there.
Provincial disaster and emergency director, Michael Lamusan confirmed the search had been scaled down after locals and the authorities combed the waters of Kavieng without success.
Duggan’s family said they felt indebted to the tireless effort of locals and the donation was a small measure of their appreciation.
Kuk said the family could not make it up to everyone who had helped them so they donated the equipment to the hospital.
He conveyed his sympathies to Duggan’s family on behalf of the hospital staff.
Kuk thanked the family, saying the donation came at a time the hospital needed such equipment.
He said six of Duggan’s children and their spouses, his elder sister and other relatives had travelled to Kavieng to make the presentation after five days of searching for his body.