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.
Canadian Drowning Report - 2015 Edition
The significant long-term progress that has been made in reducing death by drowning in Canada is evident in the latest data. The water-related death rate has fallen steadily over the past 20 years, from an average of 2.1 per 100,000 population each year in the mid-1990’s (1993-1997) to a yearly average of 1.4 per 100,000 population in the most recent data (2008-2012).
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.