18 people have drowned in Norway so far this summer: “Drowning incidents happen quickly and quietly”

Sea rescue - drowningPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB

A total of 16 people drowned in June, and two people have drowned in July so far. The statistics for the first half of the year show a decrease in the number of drowning-related deaths.

So far this year, 41 people have drowned in Norway, according to the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue’s drowning statistics.

“Every single accident is one too many. It is nevertheless positive to see that there have been relatively few drowning-related deaths in the first half of July, despite good weather all over the country and the fact that most of us are spending holidays at home and often near sea and water,” Secretary-General Rikke Lind in the Society for Sea Rescue noted.

Traffic deaths

So far, far more people have died from drowning this year than from traffic accidents. At the end of June, Trygg Trafikk reported that 29 people had died in traffic.

Around 40% of drowning accidents in Norway occur in the summer months of June, July, and August.

Accidents in connection with the use of leisure boats and swimming-related incidents are among the most common types of drowning accidents during the summer.

“Remember that a drowning incident does not look like in a movie, with shouting, splashing, and waving. Drowning happens quickly and quietly, so take good care of the people you are with – regardless if they’re children or adults,” Lind warned.

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