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Why are Canadians drowning?

The Lifesaving Society has released its 2013 edition of the Canadian Drowning Report, covering data from 2006-2010. The full report, answering the who, what, when, where and why of drownings in Canada, is available online: http://www.lifesaving.ca/content/english/pdf/CLS%20Drowning%200513E_Web.pdf

Canadian drowning report - infographic

Some highlights from the report:

  • Baby Boomers account for more drownings than any other group
  • 18-34 year olds have the highest water-related death rate of any age group (2.2 per 100,000 population)
  • Boating fatalities decreased by 7% (2006-2010)
  • Lakes and rivers account for two-thirds of Canadian drownings
  • Private backyard swimming pools are still the #1 drowning setting for children under 5

For more resources and for information on national and local lifesaving programs, visit www.lifesaving.ca.


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