2018-19 Victorian Drowning Report Released
The number of people drowning in Victoria has hit a 20-year high, sparking a new water safety campaign using drones and an enhanced jet ski lifeguard patrol service. For the third year in a row, there have been no fatal drownings in public pools which is a credit to the industry.
- 56 people drowned in 2018-19 — the worst drowning toll for the state in two decades.
- There were 101 non-fatal drowning incidents, 65% of these were in pools.
- 18% of drowning deaths were culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) persons
- Those residing in regional areas were twice as likely to drown as those in metropolitan areas
More information: https://lsv.com.au/research/victorian-drowning-reports/
The Life Saving Victoria Annual Report 2018/19 has officially been released and is available to view or download on the LSV website.
This year’s report theme is ‘Lifesaving in one word’, and it gives members and stakeholders an overview of LSV’s activities and achievements over the past year.
Key areas addressed in the report include:
- Drowning prevention activities.
- Safety initiatives for public pools and swimming in schools.
- How LSV is contributing in the emergency services sector.
- How LSV is delivering improvements for lifesaving volunteers.
- What LSV doing to lead water safety initiatives internationally.
- The outlook for 2019/20.