Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Males Four Times More Likely to Drown

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Males Four Times More Likely to Drown

Article excerpt

DROWNING data shows that on average 283 people drown each year, with males four times more likely to drown than females.

According to data included in the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-20, 3116lives were lost to drowning in the 11 years from 2004-05 to 2014-15.

Alcohol and/or drugs were known to be a factor in 34% of drowning deaths, while drowning was found to have the greatest impact on children under five.

The Water Safety Strategy aims to continue the Australian Water Safety Council's goal of reducing fatal drowning by 50% by 2020.

It outlined priority areas in which peak water safety bodies Royal Life Saving, Surf Life Saving and AustSwim, AWSC members and federal, state/territory and local governments must work together to prevent drowning.

The strategy identified 11goals across three priority areas where action was required in order to achieve the targeted 50% reduction in drowning.

Success was noted in the reduction of fatal drowning among children under five, development of drowning prevention plans targeting known drowning black spots in coastal and inland waterways, and in focusing attention on the reduction of drowning, with all water safety organisations and most state/territory governments aligning actions to the strategy. …

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