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Greed in diving deaths

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, April 12, 2014

THE Fisheries Department recorded a total of three deaths related to diving in the North last year.

However, no death as a result of diving had been officially recorded so far this year, said principal fisheries officer northern Joji Vakawaletabu.

Mr Vakawaletabua said they were also working with the Ministry of Health to get accurate figures for the number of deaths caused by diving in the region.

"We continue to appeal to diving companies to ensure their divers are equipped with the necessary diving apparatus before they go into the water," he said.

"All dive operators have a duty to ensure their men are fully equipped.

"We are always visiting diving companies in the North to check and monitor these diving companies."

Mr Vakawaletabua said there had been incidents in the past of divers dying as a result of their greed.

"Some divers try and test their limits by staying longer under water or diving the extra depth than the maximum depths they should access to get more money.

"We would like to remind them that human life is precious and the phrase of 'nine lives of a cat' does not apply to us."

Divisional Police Commander northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said they recorded a suspected diving death in Savusavu in the past two weeks.

He said a fisherman died in Savusavu waters during a diving expedition.

"We have yet to receive post-mortem examination report," he said.

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