STATE’S DROWNING SPIKE IS A TROUBLING TREND
I WRITE from Life Saving Victoria to highlight that the latest data reveals regional Victorians are overrepresented in the current drowning toll.
Data shows Victorians in regional areas are almost twice as likely to drown when compared to people in metropolitan Melbourne.
Victoria’s drowning toll is the highest for 20 years. There has been a dramatic spike in the number of drownings in both coastal areas and inland waterways. It is a troubling trend.
We ask all people in regional Victoria to play it safe by the water as the hotter weather approaches. Always swim between the flags, always actively supervise children around water, learn swimming and water safety skills and please remember you are never too old to learn and refresh your skills.
We ask men to watch out for each other and avoid alcohol around water. Always wear a lifejacket.
Older adults are now more likely to drown than children. Older adults have the highest fatal drowning rate (a 71 per cent increase) on the 10-year average. There has been a significant increase in the drowning rate for people aged 65 and over.
We want people to enjoy aquatic environments. However, we do urge all Victorians to play it safe.
For more tips and information, visit www.lsv.com.au.
Dr Bernadette Matthews, Principal Research Associate, Life Saving Victoria