88 people drowned in Norway last year

Rescue boat RS 147 Inge SteenslandPhoto: Halvard Alvik / NTB

A total of 88 people drowned in Norway last year, an increase of two cases from the previous year. 

Furthermore, 55% of the accidents happened at sea, while the rest occurred in lakes and rivers, the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue’s (Redningsselskapet) drowning statistics show.

“Even though it has been a special year and most people stayed in Norway and used the sea and nature more than ever, we had hoped for a decrease in drowning accidents from the year before,” Tanja Krangnes of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue noted.

Last year, four children between the ages of one and 14 drowned, as well as 72 men and 12 women.

“In order for fewer people to drown in the future, drowning prevention work must be intensified both nationally and locally. We will be at the forefront of that,” Krangnes added.

Most accidents were registered in Viken (19) and Vestland (12). Nordland and Rogaland had ten accidents each. Oslo (2), Trøndelag (5), and Møre og Romsdal (5) had the fewest drowning accidents.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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