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.

MARLBOROUGH

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 59

2009-19: Marlborough Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, there was one fatal drowning in Marlborough.

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

2.15, which is higher than the 10-year average (0.65).

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 60

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=3)

Within the Marlborough region, two fatal drownings were

related to falls, and 1 was attributed to scuba diving.

Figure 61

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

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

falls, which had a higher rate (2.15) when compared to the 10-year average (0.43).

34%

66%

Fall

66%

Fall

Scuba diving

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

3

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 3

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

1 2.15

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

100%

Marina

PER 100,000 POPULATION

SWIMMING / WADING

SNORKELLING

FALL

2009-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

ROCK FISHING

2009-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

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