More dying in drowning accidents – 11 people drowned in Norway in May
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Eight men, two women and one child died in drowning accidents in Norway in May. There are four more than in May last year, the rescue company’s drowning statistics show.
“The great weather in many parts of the country has led to the fact that many more have taken the sea and the coast into use,” says Secretary General Rikke Lind in the Rescue Company.
Two of the drownings occurred in connection with swimming. A 75-year-old woman drowned in Strand Municipality in Rogaland, while a 28-year-old man drowned in Bergen. Five of the drowning accidents were boat-related. Three people drowned from a pleasure boat, one from a professional boat and one from a canoe / kayak.
– When someone drowns touches family, friends, colleagues and an entire community. The rescue company is working to ensure that no one is drowning, by having rescue boats in the preparedness all over the coast and by doing attitude-creating work, “says Lind.
She especially encourages people to accompany the children.
– Always bath with someone and check the conditions before you bathe. Do you have children, it’s important to always keep an eye on them. Children who play by the water should wear float wests, says Lind.
Men are clearly overrepresented in drowning accidents. 32 of the 37 who have died as a result of drowning so far this year are men. 24 of the drowned were over 40 years, while three were under 25 years old.
During the first five months of the year, eight more died in drowning accidents compared with the same period last year.