THE police have again issued a warning for people to take extreme caution when going out to sea.
This follows the discovery of the body of a farmer in open sea on Friday afternoon.
Police said the death of the 37-year-old man from Ligaulevu Village on Mali, Macuata was believed to be the latest drowning incident.
Spokeswoman Ana Naisoro yesterday said the victim went diving alone about 8am on Friday but failed to return in the afternoon.
"After he failed to return home a search was conducted with four fellow villagers travelling in a fibreglass boat to look for the victim," she said.
"At about 100 metres out in the open sea, they discovered the victim's body and a spear gun."
Ms Naisoro said the body was brought back to shore after which officers at the Labasa Police Station were alerted.
"We are appealing to members of the public to take ownership and be extra careful when going out to sea. It's only wise to be prepared at all times and adhere to weather warnings before going out.
"Investigations into the matter continue."
The drowning toll stands at five compared with six for the same period last year.