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Drowning Report

Fatalities

 

 

Hospitalisations

 

 

Key Findings

Fatalities

In 2018, 30% of preventable drowning fatalities occurred at Beaches. This is a 33% increase on 2017. 40% were Swimming and 30% were Fishing.

The number of fatalities in Pools in 2018 was up 200% on the 2013 - 2017 five year average. The highest toll since 2007.

The number of River fatalities in 2018 was the lowest ever. Swimming and Accidental Immersions combined to make up 84% of fatalities in Rivers, at 42% each. Tidal Waters had the lowest ever fatalities in 2018. 67% of these fatalities were New Zealand European and 50% involved alcohol.

Offshore fatalities in 2018 were the lowest since 2010. 86% of Offshore fatalities in 2018 were males. 

Hospitalisations

65% of hospitalisations in 2018 occurred at Beaches and 32% of these occurred in Auckland. 46% were Swimming and 21% Boating.

In 2018, hospitalisations in Home Pools were up 14 % on the 2013 - 2017 five year average and 33% on 2017. 63% were aged under 15.

Domestic hospitalisations in 2018 were up slightly on 2017 and on the 2013 - 2017 five year average. 80% were aged under 15. Almost half were Maori.

 

 
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