An overview of fatal drowning for 2011/2012 is provided and compared with the 10 year average from July 2001 to June 2011. Detailed information on the incidence of both fatal and non-fatal drowning in Victoria from July 2001 to June 2011 has been used to provide a broader picture drowning in Victoria.
Fatal incidents Information on fatal drowning incidents was collected from the Coroners Court of Victoria, and the National Coroners Information System (NCIS). Deaths due to natural causes, suicide, or homicide are excluded from this report. Coronial information relates to both open and closed cases.
While all care is taken to ensure that the results are as accurate as possible, these figures are provisional only and the report contains drowning deaths known as at 17 September 2012. Coronial investigations and findings relating to open cases may alter the reported drowning figures. At the time of compilation 19% of suspected drowning cases in 2011/2012 remained open on the NCIS.