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Drowning Report 2019

Drowning is defined as “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid; outcomes are classified as death (fatal) or morbidity (non-fatal)"*.

The Drowning Report uses statistics on Preventable Drownings only. Preventable Drownings are defined as all drowning deaths other than those that result from suicides, homicides and vehicle accidents. *




In this report non-fatal drownings that result in a stay in hospital of 24 hours or longer are classified as ‘Hospitalisations’. Preventable Drownings are classified as "Fatalities".





*International Life Saving Federation, 2016

More detailed information is available on request or at

Data sourced from Water Safety New Zealand’s DrownBaseTM and the figures provided are provisional.


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