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.

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

1-YEAR OVERVIEW | 2018-19

NATIONAL OVERVIEW

1-YEAR OVERVIEW | 2018-19

In 2018-19 there were 33 fatal drownings on beach and coastal areas. Auckland had the highest fatalities

per region (n=9), followed by Northland (n=7) and Waikato (n=5).

The majority of fatalities occurred while rock fishing (n=7) and using a watercraft (n=7), followed by

swimming/wading (n=6).

Surf beaches were the most dangerous environment with nearly half (n=16) of all fatalities occurring here.

Figure 22

2018-19: Total Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings per Region (n=33)

8-19 FATAL DROWNINGS PER REGION

LOCATION

49%

SURF BEACH

ACTIVITY

2 Southland

21%

ROCK FISHING

33

9 Auckland 82%

MALE

5 Waikato

18%

BEACH &

COASTAL FATAL

DROWNINGS

0

18%

ROCKY

FORESHORE

West Coast

0

21%

WATERCRAFT

0

Otago 4

Taranaki

Northland

FEMALE

0 Manawatu-Wanganui

ND Nelson

Tasman

9%

HARBOUR

18%

SWIMMING/WADING

0 40 80 160 Kilometers

7

Marlborough 1

Canterbury 0

Key to 2018-19 Fatal Drownings

ND

Bay of Plenty

Wellington

3

1 - 2 Fatalities

3 - 4 Fatalities

5 - 7 Fatalities

8 - 9 Fatalities

> 10 Fatalities

No Data

1

Hawke’s Bay

Gisborne

1

0

Figure 23

2018-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by Age

and Gender (n=33)

The age group representing the highest rate of fatal

drownings is the 45-54 age group (0.18 rate per

100,000 pop.). Within this age group (45-54) females made

up almost half (44%) of the fatal drownings (n=4). Between

2018-19, 82% of fatal drownings were male (n=27).

Fatal Drownings (n)

10

8

6

4

2

0

Male

Female

0-4 5-14 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+

9%

15%

6%

Rock Fishing

Watercraft

Swimming/Wading

6%

Age Groups

3%

22%

Rock

Fishing

18%

Snorkelling

Fall

Scuba Diving

22%

21%

0.2

0.16

0.12

0.08

0.04

0.0

Attempting a Rescue

Net/Shell Fishing

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

Figure 24

2018-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=33)

The majority of beach and coastal fatal drownings

occurred while rock fishing (n=7) and using watercraft

(n=7), followed by swimming/wading (n=6).

Figure 25

2018-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by Month

(n=33)

Of the 33 fatal drownings, the majority (42%) occurred

in January (n=8) and February (n=6). The yellow line

indicates the 10-year average fatal drownings per month.

June recorded 15% of all fatal drownings (n=5), with more

than double the amount of fatal drownings when compared

to the 10-year average (n=2).

Fatal Drownings (n)

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

Fatal Drownings (2018-19)

Average Fatal Drownings (2009-19)

0

JUL AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN

Month

Figure 26

2018-19: Location of Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings (n=33)

The majority of fatal drownings occurred at a surf

beach (n=16), on rocky foreshores (n=6) or in

harbours (n=3).

9%

6%

3%

3%

3%

9%

49%

Surf

Beach

18%

Surf Beach

Rocky Foreshore

0-1km from Shore

Harbour

Estuary

Calm Water Beach

49%

Marinas

Rivers

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND

NATIONAL BEACH & COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

SECTION THREE FATAL DROWNING ANALYSIS / 1 YEAR OVERVIEW 2018-19

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