Un­en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for our Swan River

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.”

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