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3 children drown this month

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, January 24, 2013

IN the past month, three children lost their lives through drowning incidents, prompting the Water Safety Council of Fiji (WSC) to voice their concerns to the public.

Last year, 25 children under the age of 10 lost their lives in the water, approximately two per month, and this is what the council hopes to prevent.

"Three children this month lost their lives due to the lack of supervision of parents," said a council statement.

The council emphasised the need for parents and guardians to take their roles more seriously, particularly when dealing with children.

"Having adult supervision for children will decrease the drowning fatalities," the statement said.

"Restricting access to water by blocking paths to river, ponds and covering open drains can assist in reducing the rising drowning toll.

"WSC reminds persons who are embarking on fishing trips or boat travel to tell authorities where they are going.

"If the authorities are aware of activities on the water, they can be better prepared if the need arises.

"It is everyone's responsibility to install a safe water culture," the statement added.

So far, seven people have drowned this year — five males and two females.

The council also praised the public for their response to persons who attempt resuscitation.