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2017-18 year.

Key findings from the National Coastal Safety Report 2018 include:

  • 110 coastal drowning fatalities, a 7% decrease compared to 2016-17
  • 80% of coastal drowning deaths were males
  • 19% included alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor to drowning
  • Almost half (47%) of coastal drowning deaths occurred during the months of summer (December – February)
  • Swimming and wading (32%) were the most common activities being undertaken at the time of drowning, followed by boating and snorkelling
  • A majority of coastal drowning deaths occurred at a beach (42%) followed by offshore and rock/cliff locations

View the full report at: www.sls.com.au/publications

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