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After a dramatic dip in drownings in British Columbia in 2011 (59), 2012 saw a 42% increase in the number of water-related fatalities (84) and a return to a more typical death rate of 1.8 per 100,000. Despite this recent increase, looking at the most recent five years (2008-2012) of data as a whole, the average water-related fatality rate decreased by 10% over the previous five year period. The average drowning rate for 2008-2012 was 1.8 per 100,000 population (down from 2.0). The decrease can be attributed partially to the 2011 drowning dip. A total of 398 drownings occurred in British Columbia waters between 2008 and 2012.
As Canada’s leader in drowning prevention, the Lifesaving Society Canada draws your attention to the newly released World Health Organization’s Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer. This is the first time the World Health Organization (WHO) has devoted a report exclusively to drowning. Its significance cannot be underestimated.
Globally, an estimated 372,000 people drown worldwide each year, among them more than 63,000 children under the age of 5 years. Drowning is one of the ten leading causes of death for children and young people in every region of the world.