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.

WEST COAST

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 62

2009-19: West Coast Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, there were no fatal drownings. The 2009-19

fatal drowning rate per 100,000 pop was 2.13.

Fatal Drownings (n)

3

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

7.0

6.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

Figure 63

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=7)

Within the West Coast region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred due to snorkelling (n=3).

Figure 64

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.

17%

16%

17%

50%

Fall

50%

Fall

Net/Shell Fishing

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

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

7

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 7

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

0 0.00

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

ZERO

Fatal

Drownings

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

1

PER YEAR

AVERAGE FATALITY

2.13

PER 100,000 POPULATION

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

BOATING

WATERCRAFT

2009-19

0.91

2009-19

0.31

2009-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2009-19

0.00

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.34

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.30

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

86%

MALE

14%

FEMALE

ZERO

Fatal

Drownings

60

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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