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Farmer drowns while swimming

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A SIGATOKA farmer drowned while swimming in the weekend.

Solomone Kabuanalagi, 27, of Uluisila Settlement, was last seen by family members at 3pm on Sunday before his body was retrieved by two youths from the Uluisila creek some time later.

Police media liaison officer west Naina Ragigia said Mr Kabuanalagi's body was kept at the Sigatoka Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem examination.

"The deceased was a known epileptic patient. He left his home at 3pm on Sunday to go to Uluisila creek and that was the last time he was seen alive," she said.

"The two youths who retrieved his body some time later tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.

"We urge everyone to take extreme caution when crossing flooded waterways or entering creeks and rivers during this time.

"Heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding and people could be oblivious to the dangers that lie beneath the water," she said. Mr Kabuanalagi's death brings the national drowning toll to 15 compared to 17 for the same period last year.


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