New Zealand has one of the highest fatal drowning rates in the OECD1. This report is our way of drawing a line in the sand. We, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, are saying “enough is enough”. No more unnecessary deaths from drowning on our beaches and along our coastline.
KEY FINDINGS KEY FINDINGS 10-YEAR OVERVIEW | 2009-19 10 YEA R O V E RVI E W | 2 0 0 9 - 1 9 We call on those who have the authority, the legal or the moral responsibility, to work with us and our drowning prevention partners to stop the death toll from getting worse, and to reduce it to a level where we can be proud as an island nation to say ‘we have no preventable drownings on our beach and coastal areas’. 1 Fatal Drownings in New Zealand Have INCREASED. There has been a 37% increase in <strong>Beach</strong> and <strong>Coastal</strong> Fatal Drownings over the last 5 years, when compared to the previous 5 years. 2 Our Fatal Drownings are 70% HIGHER Than Australia. New Zealand has a 70% higher <strong>Beach</strong> and <strong>Coastal</strong> Fatal Drowning rate per capita than Australia. 3 1:15 For Every Child or Young Adolescent That Fatally Drowned, 15 Were Hospitalised for Non-Fatal Drowning Injuries. Children are grossly over-represented in the non-fatal drowning statistics. For every child or young adolescent that fatally drowns,there are15 that are hospitalised having suffered from non-fatal drowning . 4 Males are Fatally Drowning MORE Than Females. 89% MALE 11% FEMALE Of those who died from drowning over the last 10 years, males represent 89% and females only 11%. Men are fatally drowning more on our beaches and coastline than females. 5 2.0 Pasifika had the HIGHEST Fatal Drowning Rate Over the Last 10 years. 6 Almost 50% of Fatal Drownings Occured in Summer. 7 Northland has New Zealand’s HIGHEST Fatal Drowning Rate 3.91 8 Adults are Fatally Drowning MORE Than Children and Young Adolescents. 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 All Others Maori Pacific Peoples Over the last 10 years Pacific Peoples had the highest Fatal Drowning rate (1.69 per 100,000 pop) of any ethnicity, closely followed by Maori (1.27 pero 100,000 pop). Over the last 10 years, there were 144 Fatal <strong>Beach</strong> and <strong>Coastal</strong> Drownings during the Summer months of December, January and February. This figure represents nearly half of the total annual fatal drownings recorded, highlighting the increased risk associated with the busy Summer season. The rate of fatal drownings per 100,000pop in Northland is 3.91, whereas Auckland (with a much larger population), has a fatal drowning rate of only 0.63. Therefore the risk of drowning on the beach and coastline of Northland is more than 6 times greater than Auckland. Adults over the age of 15 have a higher probability of <strong>Beach</strong> and <strong>Coastal</strong> Fatal Drowning, than children and young adolescents. 35-44 being the category with the most Fatal Drownings recorded. 9 Surf <strong>Beach</strong>es Pose the HIGHEST Risk for <strong>Beach</strong> and <strong>Coastal</strong> Fatal Drowning in New Zealand. 10 Over the Last 10 Years, the HIGHEST RISK Activities on a <strong>Beach</strong> and <strong>Coastal</strong> Environment Have Been: However... Last Year the HIGHEST RISK Activities Were: Over the last 10 years, 39% of beach and coastal fatal drownings occured at a surf beach in New Zealand. Swimming/Wading Falls (trips/slips) Boating Rock Fishing Watercraft Swimming/Wading SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND <strong>NATIONAL</strong> BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND KEY FINDINGS INFOGRAPHICS 02 03