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10-yr-old drowns in Nausori, police furious at parents

A 10-year-old boy has drowned at Vuci in Nausori this morning, with police calling the incident a “classic example of clear disobedience.” Police believe the boy left out for a swim with his family members at around 11.00 am this morning, and was discovered missing half an hour later. The alarm was raised by his family […]

Calvin Prasad

February 22, 2016 2:04 pm

A 10-year-old boy has drowned at Vuci in Nausori this morning, with police calling the incident a “classic example of clear disobedience.”

Police believe the boy left out for a swim with his family members at around 11.00 am this morning, and was discovered missing half an hour later. The alarm was raised by his family members upon which a search party was mounted by the family and villagers present.

The boy’s body was discovered few meters down the river. His body was escorted to CWM Hospital and is currently kept in the hospital morgue.

Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho released a strongly worded statement moments ago:

Despite the numerous weather warnings that have been continuously given over the past few days, there are still a group of people that DO NOT take serious heed of these warnings.

Brigadier General Qiliho said this was not the time to be engaging in extracurricular activities.

We continue to plead to members of the public that it is vital they are always informed of the current weather situation and to remain within the vicinity of their homes at all times. This is not really the time to be engaged in extracurricular activities such as swimming as the example of this case in Vuci.

The safety of the people is always our paramount concern and our advice will continue to be given. Parents and guardians are advised to make sensible decision about the movements of their children and young ones.

We continue to receive calls and information of people especially children that are frequenting regular swimming spots around the country and we advise that they refrain from such activities as there are still much damages visible around the country.

Brigadier General Qiliho said police had certain powers to arrest people under the current State of Emergency.

The country is currently being declared as a State of Emergency and under this; the Fiji Police Force has powers to arrest people that defy the law under this State. We have begun to bring people into our custody under this, as was done in Labasa over the weekend and we will NOT HESITATE to continue our arrest on people that are found to be Disobedient to Lawful Order.

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