IN­CREASE IN DROWN­INGS

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Pro­vi­sional fig­ures from Wa­ter Safety New Zealand for 2017 show a 13 per cent in­crease in pre­ventable drown­ings on the pre­vi­ous year. There were 88 pre­ventable drown­ings in 2017 ver­sus 78 in 2016. Spikes in the un­der-fives and over 65 age groups are fea­tures of the 2017 fig­ures. Fe­male fa­tal­i­ties have al­most dou­bled, re­flect­ing higher par­tic­i­pa­tion rates across a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties and there were twice as many ac­ci­den­tal im­mer­sions in 2017. Pre­ventable fa­tal­i­ties in Auck­land have dou­bled, while the West Coast has the high­est drown­ing rate per capita. Drown­ing re­mains to num­ber one cause of recre­ational death and num­ber three cause of ac­ci­den­tal death, with a so­cial cost of more than $400m per an­num to the coun­try. The Wa­ter Safety code ap­plies to all forms of wa­ter based recre­ation - Be pre­pared, watch out for your­self and oth­ers, be aware of the dan­gers and know your lim­its.

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