News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


17 Drown, How Many More In 2003?

17 Drown, How Many More In 2003?

January has highlighted the many diverse activities and sites in which people drown in New Zealand.

According to figures from Water Safety New Zealand, 17 drownings occurred, 2 below the average for the number of drownings in January over the past five years, but significantly down on the 25 recorded in January 2002.

Ten of the drownings were recreational with five of those swimming related, 3 under water activities, one rafting and one fishing, said Alan Muir Executive Director of Water Safety New Zealand.

“The level of recreational drownings which occurred during January is predictable at this time of year given the warm weather and the high involvement in water related activities during the holiday period.”

There has been a significant amount of publicity about water safety in the public arena with the WSNZ/ACC campaigns focusing on boating, rivers and pools, the ACC ThinkSafe advertisements and the Maritime Safety Authority campaign. “This we believe has all had a positive impact on the publics behaviour and attitude around water in general, said Mr Muir.”

Adding to the recreational toll are non-recreational drownings including three incidents where people died in road vehicle incidents, one toddler in a home pool, one elderly man in a drain, one commercial fisherman and a man attempting to rescue his younger brother.

February is traditionally the second highest month of drownings each year and everyone participating in recreational aquatic activities needs to take appropriate measures to ensure their own safety and the safety of others in their care.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news