Kiwis urged to be vigilant over holidays as drowning toll spikes
Water Safety New Zealand is calling for all Kiwis to stay water
“Summertime and the water go hand in hand in New Zealand and so far it’s been a warm one,” says WSNZ Chief Executive, Jonty Mills. “We want people to enjoy themselves, but also take a second to think about water safety.”
The summer holiday period officially starts at 4.00pm Friday 22nd December and runs through to 6.00am Wednesday 3rd January 2017.
“This is a particularly
Jonty Mills says everyone should remember the Water Safety Code - “Be prepared, watch out for yourself and others, be aware of the dangers and know your limits.
Last year the holiday toll was 8, and for the last five
“Every one of these deaths is a tragedy for a family and a
“Tragically there has been a rise in under five drownings this year. Active adult supervision at all times is essential for toddlers and young children. It takes less than a minute for a child to drown” says Mills.
Year to date figures