Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report

The newly released Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018 shows 249 lives were lost to drowning in Australia in the 2017/18 financial year, a 14% decrease compared to 2016/17.  

Key finding from the drowning report include:

  • It is estimated a further 551 people were hospitalised due to non-fatal drowning
  • 72% of drowning deaths were men, with alcohol and risk- taking a common factor
  • Rivers, creeks and streams were the location with the largest number of drowning deaths, accounting for 25% of all drowning deaths 
  • 18 children aged 0-4 years drowned in Australia, which represents a 36% reduction on the 10 year average 
  • 67% of drowning deaths of children aged 0-4 years were in swimming pools 
  • 25% of all drowning deaths occurred when swimming and recreating 
  • Two in five drowning deaths occurred in summer 

For more information and to read the full Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018 please click here. 

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