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Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives in the 1963 Maupiti Tragedy

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The Church News recently posted this article:

On the island of Maupiti, part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific, the people know that the ocean can be unforgiving — often taking as much as it gives.

Near the tiny island, known as a coral atoll, is the pass of Maupiti, one of the most dangerous stretches of water between the islands.

On the morning of May 23, 1963, the pass of Maupiti became the site of a tragedy when an inter-island trading boat overfilled with passengers coming from the island of Huahine was caught in the rough seas of the pass. The vessel was rolled by the waves, tossing the 42 passengers and four-man crew helplessly into the ocean before crashing against the reef.

Among the passengers that day were a number of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were traveling back to their homes on Maupiti after attending the dedication of a new chapel on Huahine by then-Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Read the rest of the Church News article here.  

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