The close-knit Solomon Islands tourism community is in shock following the tragic death yesterday of Solomon Islands Visitor Bureau (SIVB) marketing officer, Stella Lucas.

Ms Lucas and three other SIVB colleagues had been assessing a hiking program in the Mataniko River region close to Honiara when the incident occurred.

One of those, Mr Chris Nemaia is still reported missing.

A devastated SIVB chairman, Wilson Ne’e said he was unable to comment on the exact circumstances until local authorities released an official report.

In the meantime, he said the SIVB team was being provided with counselling while they try to come to terms with the tragedy and the organisation was doing everything it could to help both Mr Nemaia and Ms Lucas’ families at this time.

Source: SIVB