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Water safety a concern

Atasa Moceituba
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WATER safety continues to be an issue of concern for the Fiji Police Force and Water Safety Council of Fiji considering the number of lives lost on a yearly basis.

In 2014, a total of 47 drowning cases were recorded by police and the council compared with 30 which was recorded by the two institutions in 2013.

Water Safety Council of Fiji education officer Kathryn Murray said creating awareness on water safety could no longer be the sole responsibility of the police and the council.

She said parents needed to monitor and keep a close eye on the whereabouts of their children and ensured they were supervised when involved in any form of water activity.

Police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri said the majority of drowning victims were children from the ages of 16 to two years old.

He said police were doing all they could to inform members of the public on the importance of taking precautionary measures and how drowning cases could be best avoided.

"As such we have gone into partnership with the Water Safety Council of Fiji to try and conduct an in-depth look as to what are the most common causes of drowning in Fiji and come up with strategies to reduce the number of lives lost to drowning," Mr Sokomuri said.

"While stakeholders are doing all they can to raise awareness, it does ultimately come down to the decisions we make as adults for ourselves and for our children."

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