"Enquête NOYADES 2018" - Santé Publique France

Santé Publique France (Public Health France) published its interim results of its “2018 Drowning Survey”.

Their records show that there has been a sharp increase in fatal drownings compared to the last study undertaken in 2015 during the same time period.  From 1 June to 30 August 2018 there have been 2,255 drownings reported (vs 1,092) of which 492 have been fatal (vs 398).

All ages and all regions are concerned.  Of the 1,169 accidental drownings, the age group most affected is under six years of age.

The study will finish on 30 September 2018 and the definitive results will be published at the beginning of 2019.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation would like to reiterate several prevention measures communicated by Santé Publique France:

For children:
  • Swim at the same time as them
  • Designate a responsible adult to keep watch

For adults:
  • Take into consideration your fitness level
  • Swim in zones with lifeguards and gradually enter the water
  • Avoid overeating and drinking alcohol before and during swimming
For more information, see the press release.