NZ drowning fatalities YTD

There have been 18 preventable* drowning deaths in New Zealand in the year to March 2, 2018, reports Water Safety New Zealand. 

Of note: 

  • 24 preventable drowning deaths for same period 2017
  • 4 YTD Auckland (same YTD 2017)
  • 2 home pool drownings (3, 2017; 3, 5-yr average)
  • 12 of the 18 (67%) were swimming related
  • nil 0-4yrs (2, YTD 2017)  
  • Although Auckland experienced twice as many drownings in 2017 (22) as the year before (11), the rate of drowning in the region (at 1.3 per capita**) remains one of the lowest in the country. 

*Preventable drownings include recreational and non-recreational deaths, considered applicable to the rescue efforts of the water safety sector. 
** Per capita = per 100,000 people.

Source: DrownBase, Water Safety New Zealand