Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018

Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018

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

  • 249 people drowned in Australian waterways between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018
  • This year’s figure is a 14% reduction on 2016/17 and an 11% reduction on the 10 year average of 279 drowning deaths.

 

SEX AND AGE GROUP

  • 179 (72%) drowning deaths were male
  • 70 (28%) drowning deaths were female
  • 18 (7%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 0-4 years
  • 9 (4%) drowning deaths occurred in children aged 5-14 years
  • 29 (12%) drowning deaths occurred in young people aged 15-24 years
  • 103 (41%) drowning deaths occurred in males aged 25-64 years
  • 52 (21%) drowning deaths occurred in people aged 65 years and over

 

STATE AND TERRITORY

  • 87 (35%) drowning deaths occurred in New South Wales
  • 60 (24%) drowning deaths occurred in Queensland
  • 40 (16%) drowning deaths occurred in Victoria
  • 27 (11%) drowning deaths occurred in Western Australia

 

LOCATION AND ACTIVITY

  • 61 (24%) drowning deaths occurred at rivers, creeks and streams
  • 46 (18%) drowning deaths occurred at beaches
  • 40 (16%) drowning deaths occurred at ocean/harbour locations
  • 33 (13%) drowning deaths occurred in swimming pools
  • 63 (25%) were swimming and recreating immediately prior to drowning
  • 36 (15%) were boating immediately prior to drowning
  • 35 (14%) drowned as a result of a fall into water

 

Click here to download Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018