1,336 drownings were recorded last summer in France, 361 deaths

1,336 drownings were recorded last summer in France, 361 deaths
1,336 drownings were recorded last summer in France, 361 deaths

Between June 1 and September 30, 2023, 1,336 drownings were recorded in France, resulting in 361 deaths, stable figures compared to those of 2021, the previous year for which data is available, indicated Public Health France on Wednesday May 22, 2024 in its annual report.

In 2023, 55% of drownings affected adults, 30% those under 6 years old, and 15% those aged 6-17.

The proportion of drownings followed by death is higher among adults (44% compared to 3% among children under 6 years old, 9 drownings followed by deaths out of 10 involving adults).

Peak drownings in July

The peaks in drownings observed on July 8-9 and July 15-16 correspond respectively to the first and second holiday weekend when climatic conditions were generally favorable for swimming across the entire territory. Likewise, the peak observed on the weekend of August 19-20 corresponds to a late episode of high heat from August 17 to 24.

The total number of drownings is higher overall in southern and coastal regions.

Deaths by drowning in a river/body of water affected all ages, while deaths by drowning occurred more in private swimming pools for minors (a third of deaths in this age group) and at sea. for adults (half of adult deaths).

The number of drownings and deaths remains high over this period, estimates Santé Publique France, specifying that drownings affect all ages and all locations. These results underline the need to continue prevention of the risk of drowning at all ages, adds the health agency.

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