Facts & Figures

Summer Drowning Toll

The total number of drowning deaths this summer, as compared to this time last year

As at 16 January 2019, there have been

63

drowning deaths reported in Australia this summer

At this time last year, there were

41

drowning deaths recorded

Disclaimer: 2018/19 figures shown are derived from media reports only. As such, they should be considered interim, pending the outcome of ongoing coronial investigations. 2017/18 figures are derived from media reports and may vary from coronial statistics. Drowning statistics for Victoria are drawn from a combination of media reports and data from the Coroners Prevention Unit.
Acknowledgement:
Please acknowledge the source of this data as “Royal Life Saving Summer Drowning Toll”
Media contacts: For any media requests, please call Ross Woodward at Media Key on 0409 420 112 or 03 9769 6488. A range of Royal Life Saving spokespeople are available for comment.

     
   

A message from Royal Life Saving

Justin Scarr, CEO

Tragically, the 2017-18 Summer claimed the lives of too many people in Australia.This had a devastating impact on communities, families and friends of those lost.

This summer we encourage everyone to enjoy our wonderful rivers, beaches and swimming pools, but to do so safely.

Further Analysis

Who has been most affected?

 
 
This summer, drowning deaths in Australia have been

...

Male   - 55 (87%)

and

Female - 8 (13%)

0-17 years         - 8 (13%)

18-34 years       - 20 (32%)

35-64 years       - 19 (30%)

65+ years          - 15 (24%)

Age unknown - 1 (2%)

Where and how did these drowning deaths occur?

Inland (includes rivers, lakes and dams) - 26 (41%)

Coastal (includes beaches, coastal rocks and oceans) - 29 (46%)

Home swimming pools (includes home pools, portable pools) - 6 (10%)

Public and publicly accessible pools (includes aquatic facilities, resorts) - 1 (2%)

Other - 1 (2%)

Swimming and recreating - 33 (52%)

Boating and watercraft - 3 (5%)

Falls - 7 (11%)

Other - 15 (24%)

Unknown - 5 (8%)

How are these drowning deaths distributed across Australia?

ACT  - 2 (3%)

NSW  - 19 (30%)

NT   - 1 (2%)

QLD - 16 (25%)

SA   - 3 (5%)

TAS - 1 (2%)

VIC   - 17 (27%)

WA  - 4 (6%)

For a more detailed look at NSW statistics, please click here

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