Most NSW drowning victims are from Sydney’s southwest, data shows
If you were born overseas and live in Sydney’s south west, you are more likely to drown than anyone else in New South Wales.
Over the past five years, 500 people drowned across the state and 129 of those were born overseas. Eleven victims lived in Canterbury Bankstown, which is the highest number in New South Wales. That’s followed by Blacktown with six deaths and Liverpool with five.
Research by Royal Life Saving revealed 17 per cent of those who died were born in China, another 17 per cent in India and five per cent were originally from Nepal. Most drowning deaths occurred off rocks.
Of the 500 people who drowned across NSW over the past five years, 129 were born overseas. (9News)
The reason for most of the drownings was very clear, the statistics show that 79 per cent of those who died were unable to swim.
The worrying figures have prompted Royal Life Saving to launch a huge new campaign.
Ten thousand lifeguards, swim teachers and pool staff across the state will undergo targeted new training. The free online course will teach them how to engage with these at-risk communities to keep them safe.
Royal Life Saving NSW CEO Michael Ilinsky, who launched the new program at Roselands Leisure and Aquatic Centre, says the training is designed to help lifesavers get an insight into the needs of overseas-born communities.
Aquatic centres where most staff have completed the course will be declared Culturally Qualified Centres, signalling they can support the requirements of various communities.
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