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.

BAY OF PLENTY

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 38

2009-19: Bay of Plenty Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, beach and coastal drownings in the Bay of

Plenty dropped below the 10-year average (2009-19). The

2018-19 fatal drowning rate per 100,000 pop. was 0.33,

which was lower than the 10-year average rate (0.80).

Fatal Drownings (n)

5

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

2010-11

Figure 39

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=23)

Within the Bay of Plenty region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred due to falls (n=8), boating (n=5)

and swimming/wading (n=3).

Fall

Boating

Swimming/Wading

Snorkelling

Rock Fishing

Watercraft

Attempting a Rescue

Figure 40

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 in most activities, watercraft related

activities were the exception.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2011-12

BOATING

2012-13

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

Fatal Drowning Rate

2014-15

Year

2009-19

0.10

2009-19

0.80

2009-19

0.18

2015-16

2009-19

0.07

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.33

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.)

9%

9%

13%

8%

4%

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

35%

Fall

22%

2009-19

0.07

2009-19

0.07

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.00

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.04

35%

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

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

23

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

2

PER YEAR

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

45+

YEAR OLD MALES

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

86%

MALE

14%

FEMALE

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 23

AVERAGE FATALITY

0.80

PER 100,000 POPULATION

FALLS

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

1 0.33

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

100%

Harbour

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

100%

Watercraft

PER 100,000 POPULATION

44

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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