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In 2017 there were 7 preventable fatal drownings of toddlers, 4 more than in 2016.

Preventable fatal drownings in the over 65 years age group doubled from 2016 to 16 in 2017 compared to 8 in 2016.


An increase in female preventable fatal drownings has contributed to the increase in preventable fatal drownings overall with 19 female fatalities in 2017 up from 11 in 2016. Male preventable fatal drownings were 69, 2 up from 67 in 2016.


Swimming preventable fatal drownings were down on 2016, from 22 to 16 in 2017. Also down is fatalities in craft over 4m (11 in 2016 to 7 in 2017).

Increases have occurred in the recreational pursuits of free diving, angling, scuba diving, craft under 4m, rafting, shell fishing and snorkelling.

There were no diving/jumping preventable fatal drownings in 2017, down from 4 in 2016.

Accidental immersions increased from 18 in 2016 to 31 in 2017. These are incidence where the victim had no intention of being in the water.

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