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Another Toddler Drowns

Another toddler has drowned in our rivers. On Thursday, the body of a two-year-old twin was found floating in a river at Natuva Village, Naitasiri. The incident has left parents
03 Dec 2016 11:00
Another Toddler Drowns
Rusiate Raivakula (left), and Jiuta Moroca seated where two-year-old Inoke Vunidawa drowned at Natuva Village yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai.

Another toddler has drowned in our rivers.

On Thursday, the body of a two-year-old twin was found floating in a river at Natuva Village, Naitasiri.

The incident has left parents and guardians at the village on full alert on the whereabouts of their children after a two-year-old boy drowned in the Natuva River on Thursday afternoon.

This is the second drowning incident involving the tragic death of a toddler this week. A one-year-old had drowned in a river on Wednesday at Draubuta Village, Tailevu.

The news has got authorities now worried about the safety of children during the school holidays.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said: “The circumstances surrounding the death of the two children are being investigated and the issue of negligence will also be looked into.

Inoke Vunidawa’s body was found floating in the river in Natuva Village in Naitasiri.

Village youth, Rusiate Raivakula, was the first to discover the body of the two-year-old.

The 25-year-old said: “I was swimming in the river with five other boys when I notice something blue floating in the water.

“We took Inoke’s body from the river and one of man from the village tried to resuscitate Inoke, but was unsuccessful.”

They called the village headman, Ratu Veresa Sorovakarua, who then alerted the Police in Vunidawa.

“We do not know how Inoke’s body ended up in the river. The young toddler who has a twin brother, Navitalai Rabura, were sitting together on a small platform, which was metres from their house,” Mr Raivakala said.

Inoke’s parents were in Suva at the time of the incident. The twins were the youngest of three siblings.

Village headman Ratu Veresa has called on parents and guardians in the village to be careful with their children during the holidays.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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