December 2, 2016 10:04 am

Two toddlers lose their lives in separate drowning incidents

The police have renewed calls for parents to prioritise the safety of their children following the deaths of two children in separate incidents over the past two days.  Two children, aged 1 and 2 respectively, are believed to be the country’s latest drowning victims. In the first incident recorded on Wednesday morning in Draubuta Village, […]

The police have renewed calls for parents to prioritise the safety of their children following the deaths of two children in separate incidents over the past two days. 

Two children, aged 1 and 2 respectively, are believed to be the country’s latest drowning victims.

In the first incident recorded on Wednesday morning in Draubuta Village, Tailevu, a 1-year-old child was found floating in a river near her home after a search.  She was last seen by her mother lying inside their home.

In the second incident recorded in Natuva Village, Korovou, a 2-year-old boy was found floating in a nearby river by a group of men of the same village yesterday afternoon. He was last seen by his father inside their home. The incident was reported at the Korovou Police Station.

According to police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, the circumstances surrounding the death of the two children are being investigated and the issue of negligence will also be looked into.

NAISORO: “The Fiji Police Force will continue to reiterate the importance of supervision however at the end of the day it will be up to those responsible for looking after the safety of children to heed the advice.”

Ms Naisoro said the incidents could be avoided and parents should be alert to the whereabouts of their children.