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.

WELLINGTON

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 53

2009-19: Wellington Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, there were three fatal drownings in Wellington,

which is equal to the 10-year average (2009-19). The 2018-

19 fatal drowning rate per 100,000 pop. was lower than the

average 10-year rate (0.68).

Fatal Drownings (n)

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

2010-11

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2011-12

Figure 54

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=27)

Within the Wellington region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred when swimming/wading (n=7),

watercraft (n=5) and caused by falls (n=5).

Swimming/Wading

Fall

Watercraft

Snorkelling

Boating

Attempting a Rescue

Net/Shell Fishing

Figure 55

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 boating, snorkelling, net/

shell fishing and attempting a rescue activities. However, annual drowning rates (2018-19) were up in swimming/wading,

watercraft activities and falls when compared to the 10-year average.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2012-13

BOATING

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2015-16

2009-19

0.18

2009-19

0.13

2009-19

0.08

2009-19

0.12

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

0.19

2018-19

0.19

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.19

2018-19

1.2

1.0

0.8

0.6

0.4

0.2

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

12%

11%

8%

19%

4%

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

27%

Swimming/

Wading

2009-19

0.07

2009-19

0.00

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.03

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.05

27%

19%

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

3

PER YEAR

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

25-34

YEAR OLD MALES

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

87%

MALE

13%

FEMALE

27

FATAL

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 27

AVERAGE FATALITY

0.68

PER 100,000 POPULATION

SWIMMERS/WADERS

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

3 0.58

DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

33%

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

33%

34%

Calm Water

Beach

33%

PER 100,000 POPULATION

34%

Fall

33%

34%

Calm Water Beach Harbour Rocky Foreshore

34%

Fall Swimming/Wading Watercraft

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SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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