Drown­ing num­bers are not un­ex­pected

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Ten drown­ings over the Christ­mas and New Year hol­i­day is a tragic yet sadly pre­dictable fig­ure, Wa­ter Safety New Zealand said.

‘‘A lot of at­ten­tion is paid to the road toll but drown­ings also peak dur­ing this time of year and, given the num­ber of in­ci­dents where good for­tune has con­trib­uted to sur­vival, we are lucky that the num­ber of drown­ings has not in fact sur­passed road deaths,’’ Wa­ter Safety New Zealand’s gen­eral man­ager Matt Clar­idge said.

‘‘Some drown­ings are tragic ac­ci­dents but most are the re­sult of poor de­ci­sion mak­ing,’’ Mr Clar­idge said.

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