Free diving deaths in Australia: 2017
Deaths in Australia have fallen in 2016 to the lowest in almost two decades.
The country’s chief coroner has announced the latest figures on the number of deaths, which are likely to be in the tens of thousands.
“Our focus is on the overall number of people who die from a drowning and the causes of death, and there’s been a big decline in the number who are killed in accidents,” Chief Coroner John Edwards said on Thursday.
“We have the largest proportion of all drowning victims who are males, but we have a smaller proportion of drowning victims in particular.
The overall number is down slightly, but it’s still the highest in the world.
We’ve had a few people who are not at risk but we are continuing to see a decline in drowning fatalities.”
We do know the proportion of people in these accidents who have died is up slightly, so we’re really happy with that.
“What’s particularly striking is the proportion who are male.
There are two things we know for sure about males and female drowning victims: they tend to drown at older ages, and they drown at lower depths than females.
And we know that the majority of the victims who drown are males.”
It’s the lowest rates of drowning in the country and I’m delighted that we’re seeing a reduction in the proportion that are males.
“The coroners office says the overall numbers of deaths in the past two years is now about 1,300, down from the 3,500 the previous year.
There were more than 400 deaths in 2015, and about 1.4 million in 2016.
A record-breaking year has seen more than 6,000 people die from drowning.