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Rise in drowning toll a cause for concern

Mere Naleba
Thursday, May 01, 2014

THE Fiji Water Safety Council believes there is a need for restriction around water especially during this school holidays.

Council education and planning officer Bronwyn Soko said the increase in the drowning toll by two compared with the figures for the same period last year warranted an urgent need for restricted access.

"Children must have restricted access to water," Mrs Soko said.

"People thinking 'Oh! I can swim' is not safe enough. Have alternative activities for the children when it rains, have indoor games, reading or school work time. Do not leave children unsupervised."

Following the four drowning cases during the Easter weekend, the toll now stands at 25 compared with 23 for the same period last year.

"The high drowning toll reflects the increase of water usage and increase of rain increases flooded waterways."