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Drowning risk

12 Nov 2015

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It comes after a report found it had the highest frequency of inland drowning incidents in Victoria.

Life Saving Victoria’s Inland Waterway Drowning in Victoria: 2002-2012  report found that there were nine drowning incidents in the City of Melbourne (CoM) region of the Yarra between 2002 and 2012.

The report states that this is the highest frequency of any water body in a local government area in Victoria.

The report excluded deaths from natural causes, suicide and homicide and focused on unintentional fatal drowning incidents.

Across the 252 km length of the Yarra River, there were 15 drownings in total between 2002 and 2012, meaning 60 per cent of the incidents occurred within the CoM.

According to the report, all of the CoM drowning incidents involved males, with a median age of 27. Approximately half were born overseas, half were tourists and the incidents occurred between 7pm and 9am.

The report found that alcohol was a contributing factor in nearly all of the drowning cases.

Life Saving Victoria is currently completing the risk assessment of the City of Melbourne area and a spokesperson said a final report would be completed by June next year.

“The assessment will include accessible public land parcels, including the Southbank precinct,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the risk assessment would include a site assessment, review of historical incidents and stakeholder consultation.

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