Fatal Drowning

As at 22 January 2022, there have been

60

drowning deaths reported in Australia this summer

At this time last year, there were

55

drowning deaths recorded

Disclaimer: 2021/22 figures shown are derived from media reports only. As such, they should be considered interim, pending the outcome of ongoing coronial investigations. 2020/21 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 request, 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.
Sex

Male
47 (78%)
MALE
Female
13 (22%)
FEMALE
Other
0 (0%)
OTHER
Unknown
0 (0%)
Unknown
Age Groups

11 (18%)
0-17 years
15 (25%)
18-34 years
22 (37%)
35-64 years
9 (15%)
65+ years
3 (5%)
Unknown
Location

Lakes
33 (55%)
Inland Waterways
Inland waterways include rivers, creeks, lakes, and dams
Beaches
24 (40%)
Coastal waterways
Coastal waterways include beaches, oceans, harbours and coastal rocks
HomePool
0 (0%)
Swimming pool - home
Swimming Pool (home) includes private pools and spas

SwimmingPoolStep
0 (0%)
Swimming Pool - Other
Swimming Pool (other) includes public and communal pools
3 (5%)
Other
Unknown
0 (0%)
Unknown
Activity

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20 (33%)
Swimming and Recreating
BoatingFishing
7 (12%)
Boating and Watercraft
Falling4
10 (17%)
Falls

ScubeDiving
2 (3%)
Diving
18 (30%)
Other
Unknown
3 (5%)
Unknown
State/Territory Tolls
ACT
1 (2%)
Australian Capital Territory
NSW
23 (38%)
New South Wales
NT
1 (2%)
Northern Territory
QLD
16 (27%)
Queensland
SA
6 (10%)
South Australia
TAS
0 (0%)
Tasmania
VIC
9 (15%)
Victoria
WA
4 (7%)
Western Australia
New South Wales
SexIncidents (NSW)
Male 20 (87%)
Female 3 (13%)
Unknown 0 (0%)
  
  
  
  
ActivityIncidents (NSW)
Swimming/Recreating 9 (39%)
Boating and Watercraft 3 (13%)
Falls 4 (17%)
Diving 0 (0%)
Other 7 (30%)
Unknown  0 (0%)
Age GroupIncidents (NSW)
0-17 Years 3 (13%)
18-34 Years 8 (35%)
35-64 Years 8 (35%)
65+ Years 3 (13%)
Age Unknown 1 (4%)
Location/EnvironmentIncidents (NSW)
Inland 15 (65%)
Coastal 8 (35%)
Home swimming pools 0 (0%)
Public and publicly accessible pools 0 (0%)
Other 0 (0%)
Unknown0 (0%)
Queensland
SexIncidents (QLD)
Male 11 (69%)
Female 5 (31%)
Unknown 0 (0%)
  
  
  
  
ActivityIncidents (QLD)
Swimming/Recreating 2 (13%)
Boating and Watercraft 2 (13%)
Falls 3 (19%)
Diving 1 (6%)
Other 6 (38%)
Unknown  2  (13%)
Age GroupIncidents (QLD)
0-17 Years 3 (19%)
18-34 Years 5 (31%)
35-64 Years 5 (31%)
65+ Years 2 (13%)
Age Unknown 1 (6%)
Location/EnvironmentIncidents (QLD)
Inland 8 (50%)
Coastal 6 (38%)
Home swimming pools 0 (0%)
Public and publicly accessible pools 0 (0%)
Other 2 (13%)
Unknown0 (0%)
Western Australia
SexIncidents (WA)
Male 3 (75%)
Female 1 (25%)
Unknown 0 (0%)
  
  
  
  
ActivityIncidents (WA)
Swimming/Recreating 2 (50%)
Boating and Watercraft 0 (0%)
Falls 0 (0%)
Diving 0 (0%)
Other 1 (25%)
Unknown  1 (25%)
Age GroupIncidents (WA)
0-17 Years 0 (0%)
18-34 Years 1 (25%)
35-64 Years 2 (50%)
65+ Years 1 (25%)
Age Unknown 0 (0%)
Location/EnvironmentIncidents (WA)
Inland 2 (50%)
Coastal 2 (50%)
Home swimming pools 0 (0%)
Public and publicly accessible pools 0 (0%)
Other 0 (0%)
Unknown0 (0%)