A 10year old boy is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim.

The victim was diving for fresh water mussels near Nakavu Village in Nadi yesterday morning with another young boy aged 12.

While the two were diving the 12year old started shouting for help whereby a 40year old farmer who was nearby managed to pull the victim to the river bank.

Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the Nadi Hospital.

The drowning toll currently stands at 42 compared to 26 for the same period last year.

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