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.

HAWKE’S BAY

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 44

2009-19: Hawke’s Bay Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, there was a single fatal drowning in Hawke’s

Bay, which is below the 10-year average of (n=2). The 2018-

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

lower than the average 10-year rate (1.0).

Fatal Drownings (n)

5

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2010-11

Figure 45

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=16)

Within the Hawke’s Bay region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred when attempting a rescue (n=4),

due to falls (n=4) and swimming/wading (n=3).

Attempting a Rescue

Fall

Swimming/Wading

Boating

Rock Fishing

Figure 46

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. However, scuba

diving, had a rate of 0.60, which was higher than the average 10-year fatal drowning rate (0.19).

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2011-12

BOATING

2012-13

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2009-19

0.18

2009-19

0.25

2009-19

0.13

2015-16

2009-19

0.00

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

3.0

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.0

0.5

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

21%

14%

7%

SNORKELLING

29%

Attempting

a Rescue

ROCK FISHING

NET / SHELL FISHING

29%

2009-19

0.00

2009-19

0.06

2009-19

0.00

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.25

29%

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

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

2

PER YEAR

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

35-54

YEAR OLD MALES

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

81%

MALE

19%

FEMALE

16

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 16

AVERAGE FATALITY

1.00

PER 100,000 POPULATION

SCUBA DIVERS

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

1 0.60

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

100%

Surf Beach

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

100%

Scuba Diving

PER 100,000 POPULATION

48

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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