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4 dead in separate drowning cases this year

Four lives have been lost due to drowning incidents this year, with the youngest being a 3-year-old child in Labasa. Fiji Police Spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, told Newswire: As of today, there have been four confirmed drowning cases, there’s been six reported cases but we will only classify them after the postmortem has been conducted. So as of today […]

Peni Shute

January 12, 2016 11:09 am

Four lives have been lost due to drowning incidents this year, with the youngest being a 3-year-old child in Labasa.

Fiji Police Spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, told Newswire:

As of today, there have been four confirmed drowning cases, there’s been six reported cases but we will only classify them after the postmortem has been conducted. So as of today there has been four cases compared to nil in the same period last year.

The confirmed cases so far are:

  • A 4-year-old in Tavua
  • A 3-year-old in Labasa
  • A 55-year-old in Moturiki
  • A 71-year-old in Tailevu

Police and villagers are still searching for the 10-year-old boy who was last seen swimming at the Burelevu river in Saivou, Ra last Friday. The boy was swimming with his friend and was allegedly swept away by strong currents.

Naisoro says, the Police is still awaiting the post mortem report of the 33 year old Nazim Ali also known as Abdul of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa who drowned on Sunday while swimming with friends.

In a statement issued by the Fiji Police Force last week, the victim had accompanied eight others from the same settlement and after almost an hour of playing rugby he decided to go for a swim. The incident occurred between 3-4pm at the Veidogo Settlement sea-side. 

Meanwhile Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the drowning of the four-year-old boy in Tavua. Reports reveal that his body was recovered from a newly dug septic tank which was filled with water in Rabulu village in Tavua on Thursday.

The Drowning Report 2014 by the Water Safety Council of Fiji states:

  • 47 lives lost to drowning in 2014
  • Over 50 % of victims under 25 years
  • Economical value lost equated to $14 million
  • 77 % of total drownings occurred within cyclone months
  • Men accounted for 2.5 times the number of drownings over women
  • 66 % of victims found in either village/rural settings
  • Eight victims had CPR administered and
  • Six victims were people with epilepsy.

Source: Water Safety Council of Fiji Drowning Report 2014

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