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M A N I T OB A | 2019 EDIT ION

DROWNING Report
Prepared for the Lifesaving Society by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada

This infographic summarizes the MANITOBA WATER-RELATED FATALITIES AND DEATH RATES, 2007-2016
most recent data on water-related 40
30 27 31 Number of
fatalities available from the Office of 20 22 20 20 21 Deaths / Year
12
the Chief Medical Examiner for Death Rate per
Manitoba. With the exception of the 3.2 100,000 / Year
2.5 2.2 2.4
1.7 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.6
first chart, all data refers to the most 0.9
current five-year period, 2012-2016.
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

 WHO IS DROWNING? Age: 0-4 Age: 15-19 Age: 65+


13% 9% 15%
(3.4 )
* (2.1*) (1.7*)

81% male 19% female * Death Rate per 100,000 / Year

 WHERE?  WHEN?

71%
RIVER
LAKE/POND 39%
38% OF DROWNINGS
OTHER OCCURRED FROM
8% DROWNING IN
A LIFEGUARD
5% 10% SUPERVISED SETTING MAY to SEP
BATHTUB DITCH
<2%
 WHAT WERE THEY DOING?
WATER-RELATED FATALITIES BY MOST
COMMON RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY
LAND,
ICE OR AIR BOATING NON-AQUATIC AQUATIC
18%
TRANSPORTATION

19% 20% 20% Swimming

Walking/
31%

Running/Playing 24%
Near Water

Fishing 12%
Powerboat 47% Power Boating 9%
Canoe 26% Canoeing 5%

 WHY? RISK FACTORS


CHILDREN YOUNG ADULTS OLDER ADULTS

100% 91%

95%
of cases
where 71% 61%
known
59%
Supervision Absent 39%
or Distracted

BOATING SWIMMING
Not Wearing a PFD
86%
Alcohol Consumption
58%
Alone 44%
32% 22% 22%
Weak or Non-Swimmer

METHODS: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: CONTACT US:


Water-related death data is extracted from the office of the Chief We gratefully acknowledge the support, co-operation and efforts of: The Drowning Prevention Research Centre is the lead
Coroner or Medical Examiner for each province and territory. agency for drowning and water-incident research in Canada.
- The Chief Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s Offices in each
Data is collected for all deaths resulting from incidents “in, on or Tel: 416-490-8844, Email: experts@drowningresearch.ca
province/territory, who permitted and facilitated confidential
near” water. “Near water” incidents were included if the intent
access to coroner’s reports on unintentional water-related deaths. Lifesaving Society Manitoba
was closely related to water-based recreational, vocational or
- The volunteers who contributed their time and energy Tel: 204-956-2124, Email: info@lifesaving.mb.ca
daily living activity. The data includes only unintentional deaths,
to extract data from the files. www.lifesaving.mb.ca
not deaths due to natural causes, suicide, or homicide.

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