SLSNZ NATIONAL Beach & Coastal Safety Report

SurfLifeSavingNZ1910

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

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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 Beach and

Coastal 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 Beach and Coastal

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

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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.

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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

Beach and Coastal 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 Beach and Coastal Fatal Drowning, than children

and young adolescents. 35-44 being the category

with the most Fatal Drownings recorded.

9

Surf Beaches Pose the HIGHEST

Risk for Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drowning in New Zealand.

10

Over the Last 10 Years, the

HIGHEST RISK Activities on a

Beach and Coastal 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

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