Rob Hewitt spent 75 hours at sea. He survived and now shares his story to help others
A regular update of news and articles from the media across New Zealand relating to water safety, education and rescues.
Swimmer pulled from water "blue from head to toe" sparks warning as swimming season approaches. Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand is set to continue its bathmat project with Plunket, in which bathmats are delivered to the homes of newborn babies. Keep Reading
Former navy diver Rob Hewitt, who once survived 75 hours alone at sea, last week strongly endorsed a University of Otago research programme which... Keep Reading
A new report shows Wanganui Surf Lifesaving club's awareness campaign seems to be working. Keep Reading
Older people are at a higher risk of drowning and under-estimate the dangers around water. Keep Reading
A recent spike in small boat fatalities in Otago-Southland and the West Coast is a ''tragedy'' and lessons must be learned, Queenstown-Lakes... Keep Reading
Calls for Kiwis to be less complacent when it comes to water safety - 01-Jun-2019 - NZ Accident and Emergency news
Calls for Kiwis to be less complacent when it comes to water safety Keep Reading
Over 45’s underestimate drowning risk Ahead of the long weekend Water Safety New Zealand is warning New Zealanders aged over 45 that they have a distorted perception of the risk they face from drowning. Three years of surveying people around risk perception has revealed the 65+ age group perceive those aged 15 to 24 to be at the greate... Keep Reading
Leaders in Ngāruawāhia push for specialist jumping structure to keep kids off dangerous railway bridge. Keep Reading
Residents form an action group to fight the Ministry's decision to ban pool covers without fences. Keep Reading
The Ngati Porou Surf Lifesaving Club has taken delivery of a new... Keep Reading
Group of teenagers set out for Nelson's Boulder Bank on cheap rafts with alcohol and no lifejackets. Keep Reading
Ashburton District Council, Water Safety New Zealand irrigation companies, MHV Water, Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation, and Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation, are pushing the importance of adult supervision around water. . . . In the last 10 years, there have been 58 preventable toddler drownings in New Zealand. As a vibrant farming community, the Ashburton District has many water… Keep Reading
In the East Coast, popular recreational activities include waka ama, swimming, surfing and fishing- and they aren't without risk. Ngāti Porou Surf Life... Keep Reading
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Weekly Drowning Report
New Zealand has one of the highest fatal drowning rates in the OECD. In 2017 there were 92 preventable deaths, all entirely preventable. Each one leaves families and communities devastated.
Our drowning toll is something every New Zealander should see as a national disgrace and one we all have a responsibility to address.
In 2017, seven under-fives fatally drowned in New Zealand. A further 26 little people were hospitalised for at least 24 hours as a result of drowning related incidents. Of the seven preventable fatalities, five were in home pools. In 2018, this number has reduced to three fatalities thankfully, but three lives too many and three families shattered by a tragedy.