Canadian Drowning Reports
Prepared by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre for the Lifesaving Society Canada
The most recent data available from the Chief Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s offices reveal that the significant longterm progress in reducing death by drowning in Canada has continued. After a spike in the number of water-related fatalities in 2012 (495), the number dropped to 466 in 2013. An average of 473 people drowned each year in the most current five-year period (2009-2013), down from an average of 481 per year in 2004-2008
The Lifesaving Society and the Drowning Prevention Research Centre have released the Manitoba Drowning Report 2016 Edition.
The most recent data available from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Manitoba reveals that the drowning death rate has remained steady in 2013. After a surge in drowning deaths in 2011 (40), 2012 and 2013 saw a 50% decrease in the number of water-related fatalities (20), and a return to a more typical death rate of 1.6 per 100,000 population.
Older Drowning Reports
- Manitoba Drowning Report – 2015
- Manitoba Drowning Report – 2014
- Canadian Drowning Report – 2013
- Canadian Drowning Report – 2012
Prepared by the Canadian Red Cross
Global Report on Drowning
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first ever Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer. The report identifies drowning as a major public health issue and calls on the world’s nations to ramp up drowning prevention measures. From the report:
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 in every region of the world. (Source)