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West tops drowning toll

Litia Mathewsell
Monday, March 16, 2015

THE Western Division accounted for 40 per cent of last year's drowning toll, which tallied to 47 lives, and economically cost Fiji a potential $F5.6million.

A graph provided by the Water Safety Council of Fiji showed that the biggest percentage of incidents in the division occurred in February, with 68 per cent of drownings occurring on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

"The percentage of drownings that have occurred within the Western Division, 58 per cent took place in inland waterways, including rivers and creeks, and 42 per cent took place in the sea," the council noted.

"What we learnt from the graph is that 68 per cent of the drowning's within the Western Division occurred within the cyclone months."

The council noted that from the drowning toll, 86 per cent were iTaukei's and 14 per cent were tourists, with a male to female ratio of 3:2.

"Within the school holiday period in 2014, the median age was 19 years, with all the victims being male."

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