The NSW Government has launched a new water safety campaign in response to the increased number of drownings during the 2016-17 summer.
Between 1 Dec 2016 and 28 February 2017, 41 people tragically lost their life at the beach, in backyard swimming pools, and in rivers, lakes and streams.
Seventeen of those deaths happened over the nine days between Christmas and 2 January 2017 – 15 more than for the same period the previous year.
The Be Water Safe, Not Sorry campaign is based on the findings of The Royal Life Saving Summer Drowning Report 2016-17 (pdf) and aims to educate people of the very real risks associated with water, and what they can do to ensure they stay safe.
15 per cent of all drowning deaths last summer were children 0-4 years old and all occurred at home, most commonly in the backyard swimming pool. A lack of adult supervision was the most common factor leading to these deaths. Key points to remember are:
Last summer, 20 per cent of fatal drownings involved drugs or alcohol. All of these deaths occurred at inland waterways and all were male. This summer:
Nearly 25% of people who drowned last summer did so at the beach, frequently at unpatrolled locations or outside of patrol hours. Be smart and:
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