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.

NORTHLAND

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 29

2009-19: Northland Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings (n=55)

In 2018-19, there were seven fatal drownings in Northland.

This figure was above the 10-year average of six. The 2018-

19 fatal drowning rate per 100,000 pop. was 3.91, which is

above the average 10-year rate (3.29); and higher than the

rest of the country.

Fatal Drownings (n)

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

2010-11

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

6.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

Swimming/Wading

Watercraft

Net/Shell Fishing

Fall

Boating

Snorkelling

Rock Fishing

Attempting a Rescue

Figure 31

Comparison of Beach and Coastal Fatal Drowning Rates per Activity: 2009-19 (10-year average) and 2018-19

In 2018-19 fatal drownings per 100,000 pop. were lower than the 10-year average (2009-19) in swimming/wading,

snorkelling, net/shell fishing and attempting a rescue activities. However, annual drowning rates per 100,000 pop. (2018-19)

were up in falls, boating, watercraft and rock fishing activities when compared to the 10-year average.

SWIMMING / WADING

SNORKELLING

FALL

BOATING

WATERCRAFT

2009-19

0.85

2009-19

0.29

2009-19

0.23

2009-19

0.25

2018-19

0.56

2018-19

0.56

2018-19

0.56

2018-19

2.23

Figure 30

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=55)

Within the Northland region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred when swimming/wading (n=14),

watercraft (n=12) and net/shell fishing (n=9).

7%

7%

9%

7%

7%

16%

ROCK FISHING

2009-19

0.54

2009-19

0.24

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.24

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.72

25%

22%

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.56

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

10-YEAR OVERVIEW | 2009-19 1-YEAR OVERVIEW | 2018-19

55

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 55

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

6

PER YEAR

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

YEAR OLD MALE

SWIMMERS/WADERS

87%

MALE

13%

FEMALE

AVERAGE FATALITY

3.29

PER 100,000 POPULATION

45+ 45+

YEAR OLD

MALE BOATERS

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

7 3.91

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

14%

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

14%

15%

15%

14%

Surf Beach

0-1 Km from Shore

14%

Watercraft

Fall

57%

Surf Beach

57%

Watercraft

PER 100,000 POPULATION

Estuary

Rivers

Swimming/Wading

Net/Shell Fishing

57%

57%

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SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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