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.

OTAGO

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 68

2009-19: Otago Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings

In 2018-19, there were four fatal drownings in Otago, which

is above the 10-year average of one. The 2018-19 fatal

drowning rate per 100,000 pop. was 1.75, which is higher

than the average 10-year rate (0.61).

Fatal Drownings (n)

5

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2010-11

Figure 69

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=13)

Within the Otago region, the majority of beach and coastal

fatalities occurred due to snorkelling (n=5) and falls (n=4).

Snorkelling

Fall

Boating

Watercraft

Rock Fishing

Figure 70

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 most activities. Snorkelling

related incidents were the exception.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2011-12

BOATING

2012-13

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2009-19

0.00

2009-19

0.19

2009-19

0.10

2015-16

2009-19

0.05

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.0

0.5

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

15%

8%

8%

38%

Snorkelling

31%

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

2009-19

0.22

2009-19

0.05

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.00

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.25

38%

2018-19

1.75

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

1

PER YEAR

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

15-54

YEAR OLD MALES

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

81%

MALE

19%

FEMALE

13

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 13

AVERAGE FATALITY

0.61

PER 100,000 POPULATION

SNORKELLERS

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

4 1.75

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

50%

50%

0-1Km

from Shore

0-1Km from Shore

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

100%

Snorkelling

PER 100,000 POPULATION

50%

Rocky

Foreshore

Rocky Foreshore

50%

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SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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