A 58-YEAR-OLD woman of Muaninuku Village in Nabukelevu, Kadavu, is the latest drowning victim.
The incident, according to police, occurred on Tuesday.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the woman had gone fishing with two other villagers.
On their return when the two reached shore they noticed the woman, who was lagging behind, calling for help.
However, they could not go back for her because of strong currents.
Insp Sokomuri said the two alerted the villagers and a search team was formed but by then it was too late.
"Her body is being kept at the Vunisea Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination," he said.
Insp Sokomuri said the drowning toll now stood at 14, the same as this time last year.
The incident has prompted police to issue yet another reminder of the need for safety in these weather conditions.
"Mariners must realise they are putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger when they decide to go out to sea despite weather advisories advising against it," he said.