Drowning Reports

Canadian Drowning Reports

Prepared by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre for the Lifesaving Society Canada

Lifesaving Society Canada and the Drowning Prevention Research Centre have released the 2017 Manitoba Drowning Report.

The report states that the highest drowning rate in Manitoba was found among children under the age of 5 and was the highest among any province in Canada. The second highest age group for drownings in Manitoba was ages 20-24, with 3.4 drownings per 100,000, a rate that is nearly double the national rate of 1.8 drownings per 100,000. Swimming, walking/running/playing near water, and boating remain leading causes of drownings in Manitoba and 96% of boating deaths were not wearing a Lifejacket.

Lifesaving Society Canada and the Drowning Prevention Research Centre also released the 2017 Canadian Drowning Report.

Older Drowning Reports

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)