Fiji Time: 7:59 PM on Friday 1 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Diving injuries a concern for authorities

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 13, 2014

FOUR people were hospitalised in the North suffering from diving bends last year.

Principal fisheries officer northern Joji Vakawaletabua said of the four cases admitted to hospital last year, two of the divers died after being in hospital for some time.

Mr Vakawaletabua said another person was treated and sent home while the fourth became paralysed.

"We are yet to collate the number of diving cases that we have received so far this year," he said.

"It is true that the number of hospitalised cases from last year is not much but it is still a worry because these sorts of accidents should not occur, especially when we have proper diving apparatus out there.

"This sort of problems can only happen if dive operators or divers are careless and fail to play their part."

Mr Vakawaletabua said most cases were because of negligence.

"As far as we know all divers working for diving companies are supposed to be professionals approved to work by the Ministry of Labour.

"We are also aware that people continue to disobey safety rules in their greed to get more for the sake of money.

"We advise people to value their lives and think of themselves and their families."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63070.6117
JPY 51.031748.0317
GBP 0.36550.3575
EUR 0.43960.4276
NZD 0.69010.6571
AUD 0.65750.6325
USD 0.48980.4728

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 1st July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hayne jets out
  2. Chief for a day
  3. Rabuka maps plans for 2018 election
  4. Battle for 7s flyers
  5. Fijians stand out
  6. Assault claim probe
  7. NFP lacks vision for all Fijians, says A-G
  8. Farmers served with eviction notices
  9. Chiefs enjoy Fijian hospitality
  10. Macilai ready for his home game

Top Stories this Week

  1. Prayer for a spouse Thursday (30 Jun)
  2. Early morning catch wows crowd at Labasa fish market Tuesday (28 Jun)
  3. Resignation threat Saturday (25 Jun)
  4. Home on a mission Wednesday (29 Jun)
  5. Monster fish halts traffic Wednesday (29 Jun)
  6. Body parts Tuesday (28 Jun)
  7. Rabuka in Saturday (25 Jun)
  8. INTERPOL assists with Natadola gruesome discovery, missing couple Monday (27 Jun)
  9. Hayne jets out Friday (01 Jul)
  10. Police probe body parts find Saturday (25 Jun)