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Police: Keep safe

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

POLICE have renewed calls for people to refrain from crossing waterways.

This comes after a 60-year-old woman from Nabalabala Village in Rakiraki is believed to have drowned during a fishing trip.

According to police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro, the victim was last seen leaving her home on Saturday morning to fish at a nearby river.

"When she failed to return that afternoon, her sister raised the alarm because she was also concerned as water levels began to rise following which a search was conducted, however, with negative results," Ms Naisoro said.

"The victim's body was later found floating in the river on Sunday at about 7.30am."

A post-mortem examination will be conducted this week to ascertain the victim's cause of death.

"The drowning toll currently stands at five compared to 12 for the same period last year."

Police has also recommended caution to members of the public when they were out fishing or swimming.

"With the Nadi weather office predicting more rain in parts of the country, we are once again pleading with members of the public to be cautious and stay clear of flooded areas.

"As highlighted by the Water Safety Council of Fiji, the major cause of death during floods is people entering floodwaters. This is why we continue to request members of the public to listen to advisories and avoid all forms of water-related activities for their own safety."

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