2016 British Columbia Drowning Report

The most recent data available from the Coroner’s office of British Columbia revealed that the number of drowning deaths, and the drowning death rate, remained consistent with the previous year. In 2013, 83 people suffered a water-related fatality in British Columbia, a rate of 1.8 per 100,000 population.

Looking at the most current five year period (2009-2013) as a whole, the drowning death rate has decreased by 10% over the previous five year period. The average yearly drowning rate was 1.7 per 100,000 in 2009-2013, down from 1.9 per 100,000 in 2004-2008. This decrease is largely due to an unusually low number of drowning fatalities in 2011 (59). At least 81 drowning deaths occurred in each of the other four years in the most recent period. A total of 392 water-related fatalities occurred in British Columbia waters between 2009 and 2013.

The full report can be review here.