Drowning Deaths Hit Record Levels This Summer

24 January 2015

A total of 23 people have drowned in Victorian waterways over the last six months, with almost half the deaths occurring since December.

Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett, said there have been 11 drownings this summer – five more than during the same period last year.

Ms Garrett joined Lifesaving Victoria CEO Nigel Taylor at Elwood to alert Victorians to the dangers of drowning.

In the lead up to Australia Day, Victorians need to consider the risks around water, particularly when they are drinking.

This weekend, lifesavers will patrol 66 beaches around the state. Last year, lifesavers rescued 795 people from drowning.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett

“Don’t be careless around water, especially if you’re drinking.”

“Our lifesavers do an outstanding job – last year they rescued 795 people.”

“Swim at patrolled beaches and never swim alone.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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