Unenviable reputation for our Swan River
THE Swan River has been named the fourth worst river drowning blackspot in Australia.
According to the Royal Life Saving Society, the river has claimed 17 lives since 2002, putting it behind the Murray, Brisbane and Yarra rivers na- tionally. All up, 78 people have lost their lives in WA rivers since July 1, 2002.
The figures come as the organisation launches its Respect the River campaign, aimed at increasing awareness and preventing more drownings.
Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia chief executive Peter Leaversuch said it was important to address the statistics.
“Although our rivers are beautiful, more people drown in rivers than anywhere else,” he said.
“The dangers are often lurking below the surface. You simply can’t see ice-cold water, snags like tree branches or strong currents but they can be lethal.
“We are urging Australians to be aware of these unique hazards and respect the river.”