Number of boat-related drowning accidents in Norway on the rise 

Sea rescue - drowningPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB

Ten people drowned in a boat-related accident in the first quarter of this year. That is twice as many as in the same period last year.

A total of 17 people died in all drowning accidents in the first quarter, the Rescue Company’s drowning statistics show. That is six more than at the same time last year.

Six of the boat-related accidents this year were related to the use of recreational boats, while four were work-related. This is the highest number of such drowning accidents the Rescue Company has registered since it took over the drowning statistics in 2017.

“As a rule, there are few drowning accidents related to recreational boats in winter. Four of this year’s accidents seem to have happened after a fall between a boat and a jetty. If you are unlucky and fall into cold water, the danger of drowning is high, unfortunately,” Tanja Krangnes, head of drowning prevention, stated.

16 of the 17 dead were men. The youngest man was in his 20s and the oldest in his 80s.

Four of the drowning accidents occurred in Nordland. Three accidents were registered in Troms og Finnmark and Agder. Two drownings were registered in Viken and Vestland, while Trøndelag, Rogaland, and Oslo registered one drowning accident each so far this year.

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

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1 Comment on "Number of boat-related drowning accidents in Norway on the rise "

  1. Vernon Childers | 3. April 2022 at 14:53 | Reply

    So what percent of drownings in Norway are alcohol-related? In the United States, it is in the neighborhood of 75%.

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