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Baby latest drowning victim

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, December 17, 2012

THE drowning of a two-year-old child at Vio Island in Lautoka over the weekend has raised police concern as the country braces for Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said this was a time when the country faced uncertainty with the weather situation and parents, guardians are once again being advised to keep a close eye on their children.

"The issue of supervision of children continues to be an area of concern for the Fiji Police Force.

"As previously stated, it takes just a few minutes for a tragedy to occur which is why children must never be left alone particularly when living in an area where there are safety hazards,"Ms Naisoro said in a statement.

According to Ms Naisoro, the infant was at home with his mother who left the child in the sitting room while she went to her room.

"When she came back she noticed the deceased missing. She ran outside and noticed the deceased floating in the sea. With the assistance of her husband the deceased was conveyed to the Lautoka Hospital however was pronounced dead on arrival."

The death takes the country's drowning toll to 65 compared to 37 for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, police are also urging those living near rivers, creeks and the sea to be more vigilant during the bad weather.

"This also applies to adults and those who may try to venture out to sea or defy the weather advisories as it not only endangers themselves but the lives of others who may have to be deployed to carry out rescue missions."


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