More drownings in waterways warning


Police patrols will be stepped up along the Georges River after a number of incidents involving jet skis.

Story appeared in: Torch | October 10th, 2017



WITH summer approaching, authorities are warning to take care while swimming or using recreational craft in the Georges River, with the release of a report revealing that inland waterways continue to be the leading location for fatal drownings.
The nation's inland waterways accounted for 97 deaths in 2016/17, almost one third of the 291 drownings in Australia. This included 68 in rivers and creeks, and 29 in lakes and dams.
The newly released Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017 shows a three per cent increase on the number of drowning deaths in 2015/16 (282).
The report was launched by the Minister for Health and Sport, Greg Hunt, and is the first to examine the impact of both fatal and non‐fatal drowning.
Royal Life Saving estimates that there were an additional 685 non‐fatal drowning incidents requiring hospitalisation in 2016/17. The nation's inland waterways continue to be the leading location for fatal drowning, accounting for 97 deaths in 2016/17, almost one third of the total. This included 68 at rivers and creeks, and 29 at lakes and dams.
Acting Superintendent Police Marine Command, Todd Cunningham, said that as Summer approached, patrols would be stepped up along the Georges River after a number of incidents involving jet skis.
"We will be focussing on boating operations, particularly jet skis," he said.
"We will be focussing on jet ski compliance, especially in narrow areas of the Georges River where people tend to swim in the shallows and beaches."
Rivers remain the leading location for fatal drowning (68 deaths), followed by beaches (50 deaths), ocean or harbour locations (46 deaths) and swimming pools (44 deaths).
For drowning prevention resources or for a copy of the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017, visit royallifesaving.com.au.



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