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RESEARCH:

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving Deaths in New Zealand, 1980 - 2000

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: /

SUBJECT: Diving & Underwater
TYPE: Study
DATE: 2002


Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death in New Zealand (NZ). The Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU) recently analyzed drowning related incidents in NZ for the period 1980 1994, using linked data files. A brief section on diving fatalities in this report prompted one of the authors (MD) to review these data in greater detail and to update these with Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) records to year 2000. There were three purposes in mind. Firstly, to provide a comprehensive review of the epidemiology of diving related deaths over a 21-year period in NZ. Secondly, to report on diving practices and other factors that might contribute to these deaths and thirdly to document the way diving accidents were reported.

 

COUNTRY

New Zealand

AUTHORS

Michael Davis

Margaret Warner

Brendon Ward

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society (SPUMS) Journal

RESPONDENTS

Suba and snorkelling related deaths database WSNZ individual case files

Coroners reports

186 diving drownings recorded

Regions:

Northland

Auckland

Hauraki Golf

Coromandel

Bay of Plenty

Hawkes Bay

Gisborne

Wellington

Marlborough

Tasman

Canterbury

Otago

Southland


ACTIVITY

Diving

Snorkelling

Scuba

ENVIRONMENT

Ocean

Lakes

Rivers

AGE

10+

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

Maori

NZ European / Pakeha

Asian

Pacific Peoples

Other

 

 
 

 

 

 

We are leading the development of customised insights that help explain New Zealand’s drowning problem, and shape interventions for safe play across our waterways.
For information contact the Head of Data, Research and Insights on wsnz@watersafety.org.nz

 
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