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47 Drowning Cases In 2014

47 Drowning Cases In 2014
January 03
14:04 2015

The Fiji Police Force dealt with 47 drowning cases in 2014.

This was revealed by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Isikeli Vuniwaqa.

He said drowning cases had also been an area of concern especially with the number of victims who had been children.

“Of the 47 deaths recorded this year 13 were children less than 10 years of age.”

“Once again despite our requests to keep a close eye on children in regards to water safety it has however continued to be taken lightly as statistics show.”

ACP Vuniwaqa said they would continue to do all they could with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the figures were reduced this year.

Water Safety Council Fiji director John Philp said   the major cause of death during floods was people entering high risk flooded areas.

“This includes driving vehicles, river crossing, walking and children playing in floodwater,” Mr Philp said.

He said young children should be supervised and not be allowed to use such volatile weather conditions as a time for recreational activities.

“We need to get serious about how we tackle drowning prevention in this country which is our central focus.”

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