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2021 Provisional Drowning Report

2021 Total Fatalities: 74

2016-2020 Average Fatalities: 78

In 2021 there were 74 recreational (intending to be in the water) and non-recreational (no intention of being in the water) preventable drowning fatalities. This provisional annual drowning report provides statistics and insights based on the 74 incidents. Note: In 2020, there were 74 preventable drowning fatalities.

This report is subject to change once all incidents have been verified by coronial findings.






Regional Fact Sheets (pdf download)

Auckland Gisborne Manawatu-Wanganui Otago Taranaki Wanganui
Bay of Plenty Hawke's Bay Marlborough South Canterbury Tasman Wellington
Canterbury Manawatu Northland Southland Waikato West Coast























Drowning data is sourced from Water Safety New Zealand’s DrownBase™ and the figures provided are provisional.

Preventable fatalities include recreational and non-recreational drowning deaths. They do not include those fatalities classified as ‘other’ (arising as a result of road or air vehicle accidents, homicide, suicide or of unknown origin) as these are not considered applicable to the prevention and rescue efforts of the water safety sector.


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