94 lives lost to drowning in 2022. The most drowning deaths in a decade.
This 2022 total of 94 drowning deaths represents the largest annual drowning loss of life in the past decade. Tragically 15% higher than the 10 year average.
Calling on government to make urgent changes to life jacket legislation.
Since Water Safety New Zealand last contacted the minister in August there have been another 16 drownings. 10 of these occurred on boats and may have been prevented by wearing a lifejacket.
If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you or someone you know will drown this summer. Around 30 Kiwis, mostly male, will die over the next two months through drowning.
Open letter to all the guys that might not make it through the summer.
More people will drown this Waitangi weekend than any other weekend.
Waitangi weekend is a time many of us spend in, on and around water. Historically this makes it one of our deadliest weekends for drownings.
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