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Drowning continues to be one of the biggest killers of Australian children. Every year a number of children are killed and hundreds more are rescued from near drowning situations.

The most common factor in childhood drowning is lack of supervision.

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According to Royal Life Saving Australia, in the 10 years between 2009 and 2019, there were 572 drowning deaths among people born overseas, accounting for 29% of total drowning deaths in Australia. 98% of the drowning deaths were adults over the age of 18, who drowned because of a lack of swimming and survival skills.
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This report presents our analysis of fatal and non-fatal drowning across Australia between 1st July 2021 and 30th June 2022. During this time, 339 people lost their lives to drowning and we estimate a further 686 people experienced a non-fatal drowning incident.
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While many assume beaches are our most dangerous waterways, Mr Scarr says rivers routinely claim more lives in Australia. In 2021, 26 per cent of all drowning deaths – and 55 per cent of deaths in children aged five to 14 – occurred in rivers.
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