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.

GISBORNE

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 41

2009-19: Gisborne Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings

There were a total of two fatal drownings in the Gisborne

region between 2009-19. These drownings occurred in back

to back years (2013-14, 2014-15).

Fatal Drownings (n)

2

1

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

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.0

0.5

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

Figure 42

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=2)

Within the Gisborne region, one fatal drowning was related

to snorkelling, and one was attributed to diving/jumping.

Snorkelling

Diving/Jumping

Figure 43

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

In 2018-19, fatal drowning rates (per 100,000 pop.) were lower than the 10-year average in all activities.

50%

50%

Diving/

Jumping

50%

Snorkelling

50%

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

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

2

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

0 0.00

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

ZERO

Fatal

Drownings

PER 100,000 POPULATION

SNORKELLING

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

BOATING

WATERCRAFT

2009-19

0.00

2009-19

0.00

2009-19

0.00

2009-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

0.00

ROCK FISHING

2009-19

0.21

2009-19

0.00

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.00

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

2018-19 0.00

JUMPING/DIVING

2009-19

0.21

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 2

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS AVERAGE FATALITY

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