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.

CANTERBURY

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 65

2009-19: Canterbury Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, there were no fatal drownings in Canterbury.

The average 10-year fatal drowning rate per 100,000 pop.

is 0.31

Fatal Drownings (n)

5

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2010-11

Figure 66

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=18)

Within the Canterbury region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred due to falls (n=5), swimming/

wading (n=3) and snorkelling (n=3).

Fall

Snorkelling

Swimming/Wading

Boating

Rock Fishing

Net/Shell Fishing

Figure 67

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.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2011-12

BOATING

2012-13

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2015-16

2009-19

0.05

2009-19

0.09

2009-19

0.03

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

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.5

0.4

0.3

0.2

0.1

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

14%

13%

19%

6%

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

31%

Fall

NET / SHELL FISHING

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

29%

2009-19

0.05

2009-19

0.03

2009-19

0.02

2009-19

0.00

31%

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

45-64

YEAR OLD MALES

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

89%

MALE

11%

FEMALE

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 18

AVERAGE FATALITY

0.31

PER 100,000 POPULATION

FALLS

18

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

0 0.00

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

ZERO

Fatal

Drownings

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

ZERO

Fatal

Drownings

PER 100,000 POPULATION

62

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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