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.

WAIKATO

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 35

2009-19: Waikato Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings

In 2018-19, there were five fatal drownings in Waikato. This

figure was above the 10-year average (2009-19) of three.

The 2018-19 fatal drowning rate per 100,000 pop. was

1.07, which is higher than the 10-year average drowning

rate (0.78).

Fatal Drownings (n)

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2010-11

Figure 36

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=34)

Within the Waikato region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred when swimming/wading (n=8)

and due to falls (n=5).

Swimming/Wading

Fall

Boating

Net/Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Snorkelling

Attempting a Rescue

Watercraft

Figure 37

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 the following activities;

boating, watercraft, snorkelling, net/shell fishing and falls. However, annual drowning rates per 100,000 pop. (2018-19)

were up in swimming/wading, rock fishing and attempting a rescue activities when compared to the 10-year average.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2011-12

BOATING

2012-13

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2009-19

0.18

2009-19

0.12

2009-19

0.09

2009-19

0.02

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

0.43

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

2.0

1.8

1.6

1.4

1.2

1.0

0.8

0.6

0.4

0.2

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

13%

13%

13%

4% 3% 13%

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

25%

Swimming/

Wading

2009-19

0.10

2009-19

0.09

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.11

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.02

25%

16%

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.43

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.21

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

34

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

3

PER YEAR

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

91%

MALE

9%

FEMALE

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 34

AVERAGE FATALITY

0.78

PER 100,000 POPULATION

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

15-34 15-44

YEAR OLD MALE YEAR OLD

SWIMMERS/WADERS NET/SHELL FISHERMEN

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

5 1.07

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

40%

20%

20%

80%

Surf Beach

Surf Beach

40% 40%

Swimming/

Wading

PER 100,000 POPULATION

80%

Rocky Foreshore

40%

Rock Fishing Swimming/Wading Attempting a Rescue

42

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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