Call for lifeguards to patrol inland waterways
ROYAL Life Saving Society Queensland believes the introduction of lifeguard services to inland waterways is crucial to reducing the increasing number of Queensland drowning incidents.
By placing trained lifeguards at popular locations across the state they will not only be able to reduce the number of drowning incidents but help with the provision of first aid when injuries at these locations occur. Nationally there have been 59 reported drowning deaths this summer compared to 41 drowning deaths this time last year.
Across Australia the most drowning deaths have occurred inland (rivers, lakes, dams) at 44 per cent (26), 42 per cent (25) occurred at coastal locations (beaches, coastal rocks, oceans), home swimming pools accounted for 10 per cent (6), 2 per cent (1) public and public accessible pools , 2 per cent (1) is other.
In Queensland inland waterways is the leading location of drowning deaths with 31 per cent of drownings in 2017/ 2018.
RLSSQ have contacted members of State Government to discuss potential programs which would see lifeguards at inland waterways trialled.