4 out of 5 drownings are men
To all those Unsinkable Guys out there… You might think it’s safe to have a few drinks around water, skip the lifejacket when you’re out on the boat or go for a swim without checking the conditions.
But statistics prove that 4 out of 5 drownings are men.
Just remember that no one’s unsinkable.
79% of fatal drownings in Victoria over the last 10 years were males aged between 25-64 years old.
Males are consistently overrepresented in drowning statistics. Plus, over the last 10 years, an average of 70 non-fatal hospital admissions each year were male.
Rethink taking risks around water.
Safety tips for inland waterways
- Avoid alcohol around water.
- Never go alone.
- Always wear a life jacket when on the water.
Safety tips for the beach
- Swim between the red and yellow flags wherever possible.
- Never swim alone.
- Check the conditions before you leave home.
For more information on how to stay safe around water, including the latest drowning report, visit the Life Saving Victoria .
Reviewed 09 March 2023