Drowning figures on the rise in Victoria

THE most common place to drown in Victoria are the state’s rivers, lakes, creeks and dams, new figures show. 

Up to 42 per cent of all drownings in the state happened at inland waterways in the past financial year, a Life Saving Victoria report found. 

“Drownings are shocking to both families of the victims and the public, especially because each drowning could have been prevented,” principal research associate Dr Bernadette Matthews said.

Nineteen people drowned in the waterways, with eight dying in lakes in the 12 months from July 1, 2016.

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