We all know supervision is a must and when we are at the beach, the safest place to swim is in between the flags. As summer approaches, swimming pool gates are checked and locked, but what precautions do we take when we travel to and swim in Inland Waterways?
In 2013-2014, Inland Waterways saw the highest number of drowning deaths (39%), compared to Swimming Pools (15%) and Beaches (13%). Overall, 266 people drowned in Australian waterways and 105 of these occurred in Inland Waterways (National Drowning Report, 2014).
What is an Inland Waterway?
Inland Waterways and General Safety
To provide a safe environment for yourself and your family, make sure you are aware of the possible dangers which exist in and around inland waterways:
Real Life Stories
Kyle Vassil, aged 12, tragically died in a cold, dirty dam while at a school camp in February 2010. Kyle had been swimming for four or five minutes while close to shore when he started to struggle. When Kyle became anxious and panicked, due to a possible asthma attack, two of his classmates tried to assist him. It is hard to determine the exact physiological process which caused or contributed to Kyle’s submersion, but Kyle was unable to be saved.
21-year old, Ben Reddic was recreating in Brisbane River in October, 2014. The young fitness instructor failed to resurface when he dived into the river and swam to retrieve a nearby floating soccer ball that was floating away. Ben’s body was found 2 days later. The search was deemed difficult due to the submerged trees, branches, and boulders, that were present. Unfortunately, Ben submerged on a Sunday, contributing to the most popular day of people drowning.
Although the overall drowning deaths decreased from 2012-2013 and was the lowest number recorded in the past 12 years, there was a 3 per cent increase on the 10 year average of drowning in inland waterways. ALWAYS take caution when swimming. Australia Wide First Aid wishes you a safe and injury-free summer.
Other drowning Statistics:
Full Report: National Drowning Deaths, 2014
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