Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue: 15 people drowned in July

Sea rescue ship - Klaveness MarinePhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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A total of 14 men and one woman drowned in Norway in July. That means that 48 have died in drowning accidents in Norway so far this year, .according to the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue’s statistics.

Since the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue took over the drowning statistics in 2017, between 11 and 18 people have drowned in July each year, which tends to be the month with the most drowning accidents. In 2021, 12 people died in drowning accidents in July.

“July, as the public holiday month, is usually the month with the most drowning accidents. Holidays combined with summer weather mean that more people spend time on, in, and near water and the sea,” Tanja Krangnes at the Society for Sea Rescue stated. 

Drowning accidents

In the second half of July, a man in his 50s died in Troms og Finnmark in Båtsfjord after a leisure boat capsized. In Trøndelag, two accidents were probably related to leisure boats. A man in his 50s was found dead in Namsos, while a man in his 30s was found dead in Nærøysund.

In the first half of July, an elderly man and woman drowned after ending in the water from a sailing boat outside Hvaler, and an elderly German man died after capsizing at Smøla. A Norwegian man in his 70s drowned in Swedish waters.

Three people drowned after falling into the water from land in July. In Nordland, a man died in Sjøfossen in Brønnøy, while a man in his 60s was found dead at Rosendal in Kvinnherad in Vestland. A Norwegian man in his 30s was found lifeless on the Swedish side of Gamle Svinesundsbro.

There have also been three drowning accidents that took place while people were swimming in the previous month. 

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

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