Spread the word … Prevent Drownings

It’s a shocking fact that drowning is one of the biggest causes of death around the world and it is one of the top ten causes of death for children and young people under the age of 24.

The World Health Organisation estimates that globally 236,000 people drown each year and more than 90% of drowning deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. Drowning rates in countries in the Asia-Pacific region can be up to 20 times higher than the rates in Australia.

In the past decade there have been 2.5 million preventable drowning deaths. It’s a tragic statistic and shows that this “silent epidemic” impacts every country and every community.

25th July each year will recognise the enormous human toll of drowning and highlight ways in which drowning can be prevented.