Norway marks drowning prevention day: “No one should drown in this country”

Sea rescue ship - Klaveness MarinePhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB

The Norway Life Support Company is using World Drowning Prevention Day 2021 on Sunday to raise awareness about the danger of drowning. So far this summer, 26 people have drowned in Norway.

“No one should drown in Norway,” head of the Norway Life Support Company Claire Ann Alfonso noted.

In recent years, just under 100 people have drowned in Norway every year. Worldwide, 236,000 people died in 2019.

Sunday, July 25, is World Drowning Prevention Day, an international marking organized by the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The goal is to raise awareness about the danger of drowning,” Alfonso said.

More fatalities than in traffic

July 2021 seemed to be a month with few drowning accidents. On July 15, the Rescue Service’s drowning statistics showed that only two people had drowned in Norway in July. After that, however, five people drowned between July 15 and 19.

Thus, a total of 23 people have lost their lives in drowning accidents so far this summer. During June and July 2020, 26 people drowned in Norway in total.

During the first six months of the year, there were more fatalities in drowning accidents than traffic accidents. A total of 39 people drowned, while 29 people died in traffic, according to Trygg Trafikk.

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