Fiji Police have issued a fresh warning for parents to take extra care of their children as the school holidays approach and to be wary of the environment they are in in case it posed a safety threat.
This is after a one-year-old child drowned at Uma Village on Rabi.
The child was one of three people who drowned in two separate incidents.
In the Rabi incident, the victim had gone with her 20-year-old mother to a nearby church hall, but the mother was later told her child was dead after being found floating in the sea.
In the second incident two people aged 14 years and 22 years died after swimming in the Namoli River in Labasa at the weekend.
The two victims were at the river with other family members washing a tarpaulin and decided to go for a swim when strong currents swept them away. Assistance from Namoli villagers was sought, but the two could not be saved.
The drowning toll stands at 37 compared to 39 for the same period last year.
Police are investigating both incidents and have warned that everyone must take water safety seriously if we are to prevent further loss of life.
FIJI POLICE MEDIA CELL