Drowning rates fall

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DROWNING deaths in rivers have decreased by 25 per cent, the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2016 reveals.

The report found that 280 people drowned in Australian waterways in the 2015-16 financial year, a 5 per cent increase on the previous year, with males drowning at a far higher rate than females.

Males accounted for 83 per cent of drowning deaths – the highest percentage of male drowning deaths in the past 10 years. 

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