In 1835 June, the Active, having taken five missionaries to Tonga, brought supplies and letters to those at Lakeba in returning to Tonga, however, the ship was wrecked on a reef near Moce, within forty miles of Lakeba. All hands were saved, and were unmolested.
Failed to listen to local advice: Four of the men grew tired of waiting at Lakeba; after a few weeks, and despite warnings, they left in a small boat to make their way to Bua Bay, in the hope of meeting with a ship. they had not gone far, however, when they were seen , overtaken, killed and eaten. The captain of the Active managed to get away to Sydney, where he reported the matter; and H.M. brig Victor was sent to investigate and take any necessary action.