Streaming issues? Report here
John Maytham 2019 1500 BW John Maytham 2019 1500 BW
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local
fiber_manual_record
Lifestyle

Inland rivers and dams account for 95% of South African drownings - NSRI

25 July 2021 10:04 AM
Tags:
NSRI
Drowning
Accidental death

Sara-Jayne King talks to Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager at NSRI who says 30% of reported drownings are children.
  • 1,500 people drown in South Africa every year and NSRI believes this is preventable
  • 30% of drownings are children under the age of 14
  • 70% are males and NSRI's Andrew Ingram argues risk-taking behaviour and alcohol abuse is a major factor

Copyright: mikekiev/123rf

Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in South Africa after road accidents, asks presenter Sara-Jayne King?

Alarmingly, drowning is also among the 10 leading causes of death of children and young people in every region of the world, with children aged under 5 years disproportionately at risk.

Sunday 25 July marks the first-ever World Drowning Prevention Day aimed at focusing the world’s attention on drownings and putting the spotlight on these preventable tragedies.

The NSRI has a number of programs in place to fight the issue of drownings in South Africa and Sar-Jayne chats to NSRI Drowning Prevention Manager Andrew Ingram to find out more.

Every year in South Africa, approximately 1,500 drown and about 450 or 30% are children under the age of 14.

Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager - NSRI

Drowning is preventable. None of those people should drown. It is education, understanding dangers, risk-taking behaviour with males forming 70% of those that drown, and alcohol.

Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager - NSRI

He says swimming pools present a real danger as many people do not have child-safe pool covers needed for both hildren and visitors.

The major problem South Africa has is drownings in inland rivers and dams. These account for 95% of our drownings with about 5% on the coast.

Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager - NSRI



25 July 2021 10:04 AM
Tags:
NSRI
Drowning
Accidental death

More from Local

More from Lifestyle