Drowning deaths in WA drop, but warning remains as beach season approaches
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Drowning deaths in WA drop, but warning remains as beach season approaches

Fewer people have drowned in WA compared to last year, but beachgoers are being urged against complacency as the beach season approaches.

Drowning death in WA have decreases in the past year.

Drowning death in WA have decreases in the past year.Credit:Michael Rayner

A Royal Life Saving Australia report reveals there were 27 drowning deaths in WA between July 2017 and July 2018, a 21 per-cent reduction from the previous year.

Sport Minister Bridget Mackenzie said decades of campaigning had seen drowning rates drop.

“I urge all Australians to watch their children around the water, swim patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags, to wear lifejackets when on boats, avoid alcohol around water and to teach their children about water safety,” she said.

People in the 25-54 age bracket experienced the biggest reduction, down 47 per-cent on the five year average.

Royal Lifesaving Society WA Manager Lauren Nimmo said we cannot be complacent about water safety.

“While toddler drowning has dramatically reduced over time, there was a concerning spike in toddler drowning over the past year with five deaths in WA,” she said.