Table 2

Leading fatal and non-fatal drowning locations by age group, Queensland 2002–2008

 FatalNon-fatal
Ranked location by per cent of drowning events (n=120)Ranked location by per cent of drowning events (n=965)
0–19 years
  1. Pool 43% (84% private, 16% public restricted access)

  2. Inland water 29% (static 51%)

  3. Coast 10% (offshore 50%)

  1. Pool 61% (63% private, 30% public restricted access)

  2. Bath 13%

  3. Coast 13%

Age groupRanked locations per cent of drowning events within age group
0–4 years (n=724)
  1. Pool 56%

  2. Inland water 16% (static 75%)

  3. Man-made 15% (pond 33%)

  1. Pool 69%

  2. Bath 18%

  3. Inland water 7% (static 60%)

<1 years
  1. Bath 63%

  2. Man-made 25% (bucket 100%)

  3. Pool 12%

  1. Bath 71%

  2. Pool 20%

  3. Man-made 4% (bucket 75%)

1–4 years
  1. Pool 61%

  2. Inland water 18% (dam 66%)

  3. Man-made hazards 13%

  1. Pool 77%

  2. Bath 9%

  3. Inland water 8% (static 64%)

5–9 years (n=118)
  1. Inland water 53% (static 63%)

  2. Coast 20% (watercraft 60%) Pools 20% (np)

  3. Bath (np)

  1. Pool 75%

  2. Inland Water 13% (dynamic 69%)

  3. Coast 10% (beach 100%)

10–14 years (n=58)
  1. Inland 44% (dynamic 100%)

  2. Coast 33% (np)

  3. Pool 22%

  1. Pool 41%

  2. Coast 31% (shoreline 100%)

  3. Inland water 27% (71% dynamic)

15–19 years (n=138)
  1. Inland water 52% (82% dynamic)

  2. Coast 24% (60% shoreline)

  3. Pool 19%

  1. Coast 56% (94% shoreline)

  2. Inland water 21% (dynamic 100%)

  3. Pool 19%

  • Italicised text represents the subgroup categories for each of the water locations. Pools (private, restricted access or unrestricted access); inland water (static or dynamic); coast (entry to water shoreline or offshore); np, not publishable due to small numbers.