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.

SOUTHLAND

FATAL DROWNING SNAPSHOT

Figure 71

2009-19: Southland Beach and Coastal Fatal

Drownings

In 2018-19, there were two fatal drownings in Southland,

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

drowning rate per 100,000 pop. was 2.02, which is above

the average 10-year rate (1.02).

Fatal Drownings (n)

4

3

2

1

0

2009-10

Fatal Drownings

Fatal Drowning Rate

2010-11

Figure 72

2009-19: Beach and Coastal Fatal Drownings by

Activity (n=10)

Within the Southland region, the majority of beach and

coastal fatalities occurred when rock fishing (n=3).

Figure 73

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, rock fishing

incidents were the exception.

SWIMMING / WADING

FALL

2011-12

BOATING

2012-13

WATERCRAFT

2013-14

2014-15

Year

2009-19

0.10

2009-19

0.10

2009-19

0.00

2009-19

0.10

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

3.5

3.0

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.0

0.5

0.0

Fatal Drowning Rate

(per 100,000 pop.)

12%

12%

12%

13%

SNORKELLING

ROCK FISHING

38%

Rock

Fishing

13%

2009-19

0.10

2009-19

0.30

NET / SHELL FISHING

2009-19

0.11

ATTEMPTING A RESCUE

2009-19

0.25

38%

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

2.20

2018-19

0.00

2018-19

0.00

Rock Fishing

Net/Shell Fishing

Snorkelling

Watercraft

Fall

Swimming/Wading

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

10

Attempting a Rescue

Boating

Diving / Jumping

Fall

AVERAGE FATAL DROWNINGS

1

PER YEAR

KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

15-34

YEAR OLD MALES

Net / Shell Fishing

Rock Fishing

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling

100%

MALE

0%

FEMALE

Swimming / Wading

Watercraft

TOTAL FATAL DROWNINGS: 10

AVERAGE FATALITY

1.02

PER 100,000 POPULATION

ROCK FISHING

FATAL DROWNINGS

AVERAGE FATALITY

2 2.02

FATAL DROWNINGS BY LOCATION

100%

Rocky

Foreshore

FATAL DROWNINGS BY ACTIVITY

100%

Rock

Fishing

PER 100,000 POPULATION

66

SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BEACH AND COASTAL SAFETY REPORT

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