Number of deaths by drowning increased 16%, report
According to the latest data available, total number of deaths by drowning increased by as much as 16 per cent during this summer.
There was a lot of concern over the increased number of drowning deaths ahead of Australia Day. The data released by the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia showed that 59 people have died in Australian waterways since December, which is 16 per cent higher than the same time in the previous year.The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia has urged the general public to be careful while swimming in water bodies.
Experts said that men were most in risk as 80 per cent of those who downed were males this summer. The data also showed that inland waterways such as rivers and dams claimed most number of lives compared to beaches and harbour locations.Amy Peden of the society said that Inland waterways claimed20 drowning deaths to date this summer, compared to 18 at beaches and 12 in oceans or harbours.
Royal Life Saving CEO Justin Scarrsaid, "Tragically, so far this summer we have seen 59 drowning deaths, including 10 on public holidays. We urge everyone cel-ebrating this Australia Day to take care, avoid unnecessary risks and be safe around the water."
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