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.

AUCKLAND

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 32

2009–19: Auckland Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings (n=96)

In 2018-19, there were nine fatal drownings in Auckland.

This was just under the 10-year average of 10. The 2018-19

fatal drowning rate per 100,000 was 0.53, this is below the

average 10-year rate (0.63).

Fatal Drownings (n)

20

15

10

5

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

1.2

1.0

0.8

0.6

0.4

0.2

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

Figure 33

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=96)

Within the Auckland region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred when swimming/wading (n=26),

boating (n=24) and through falls (n=21).

8%

23%

6%

4%

3% 2%

26%

28%

Swimming/Wading

Boating

Fall

Watercraft

Rock Fishing

Attempting a Rescue

Snorkelling

Net/Shell Fishing

Figure 34

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

Fatal drownings per 100,000 population in 2018-19 were lower than the 10 year average in swimming/wading, falls,

boating and net/shell fishing. However annual drowning rates (2018-19) were up in watercraft, snorkelling, rock fishing and

attempting a rescue activities when compared to the 10-year average.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

BOATING

WATERCRAFT

2009-19

0.17

2009-19

0.14

2009-19

0.16

2009-19

0.04

2018-19

0.12

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.06

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

2009-19

0.02

2009-19

0.03

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.02

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.05

2018-19

0.06

2018-19

0.18

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.06

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

96

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

93%

MALE

7%

FEMALE

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 96

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

10

PER YEAR

AVERAGE FATALITY

0.63

PER 100,000 POPULATION

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

15-34 45+

YEAR OLD MALE YEAR OLD

SWIMMERS/WADERS MALE BOATERS

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

9 0.53

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

11%

11%

11%

11%

11%

11%

Rock Fishing

Swimming/Wading

Scuba Diving

78%

Surf Beach

34%

PER 100,000 POPULATION

78%

Surf Beach Harbour Estuary

22%

34%

Snorkelling

Watercraft

Attempting a Rescue

40

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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