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Drowning death toll increases

November 22, 2014 5:00 am

The Fiji Police Force is once again requesting members of the public to keep a close eye on their children and be wary of their environment that could pose a safety threat.

The warning comes after three people are believed to be the country’s latest drowning victims. In three separate incidents, the first being at Uma Village on Rabi Island took the life of a one-year-old child.

The incident happened on Thursday. The victim was last seen with her 20-year-old mother at the church hall and after some time she was informed of the tragic incident that her daughter was found floating in the sea.

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Investigations continue.

In the second incident two people died after swimming in the Namoli River in Labasa yesterday afternoon.

The two victims were ages 14 and 20-years and were swept away by a strong current. Assistance from Namoli villagers was sought however the two could not be saved.

The drowning toll stands at 37 compared to 39 for the same period last year.

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