24 September 2018

National coastal safety report 2018

This report provides a comprehensive summary and analysis of community perceptions, activities on the coast, Australian coastal and ocean drowning deaths and related fatalities in 2017-18. In 2017-18 there were 110 coastal drowning fatalities which represented a 7% decrease since 2016/17. Most coastal drowning deaths involved males (80%). In almost 1 in 5 cases, alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor to the drowning.  Almost half (47%) of coastal drowning deaths occurred in summer and the majority occurred at the beach (42%).  Swimming and wading (32%) was the most common activity being undertaken at the time of drowning, followed by boating and snorkelling.