Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017

Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017

Every year, Royal Life Saving produces a National Drowning Report. This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year. See snapshot of key findings below or download full report.

OVERALL

  • 291 people drowned in Australian waterways between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017
  • This year's figure of 281 drowning deaths is an increase of 9 drowning deaths (or 3%) on the 282 drowning deaths recoreded in 2015/16
  • This is also an increase of 10 deaths (or 4%) on the 10 year average of 281 drowning deaths

 

SEX AND AGE GROUP

  • 214 (74%) drowning deaths were male
  • 77 (26%) drowning deaths were female
  • 29 (10%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 0-4 years
  • 12 (4%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 5-14 years
  • 43 (15%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 25-34 years
  • 70 (24%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 65 years and over

 

STATE AND TERRITORY

  • 93 (32%) drowning deaths occurred in New South Wales
  • 73 (25%) drowning deaths occurred in Queensland
  • 45 (15%) drowning deaths occurred in Victoria
  • 42 (14%) drowning deaths occurred in Western Australia

 

LOCATION AND ACTIVITY

  • 68 (23%) drowning deaths occurred at rivers, creeks and streams
  • 50 (17%) drowning deaths occurred at beaches
  • 46 (16%) drowning deaths occurred in ocean / harbour locations
  • 73 (25%) were swimming and recreating immediately prior to drowning
  • 46 (16%) drowned as a result of falls into water
  • 37 (13%) were boating immediately prior to drowning

 

Click here to download Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017