Drowning is among the leading causes of accidental death in the UK. On average, 400 people drown in the UK every year. This equates to one person dying every 20 hours. A further 200 self-harm on our waters. Many more are left with life-changing injuries as a result of an accident in or around water. Drowning also has a huge impact on families, friends and on our communities. It places a significant burden on society both in terms of direct costs and the years of life that are lost.

Factsheet: Open_Water_Safety_CS007

Key messages

  • During the 5 year period 2010-2015 there were 56 river-related incidents within Durham city centre river peninsular. Of these, 51 were ‘Non-Fatal Incidents’ (NFI). The remaining five were fatalities.
  • The most common age groups involved in the NFI were those aged 15-19, 20-24 and 30-34 respectively.
  • Alcohol was a suspected or confirmed contributory factor in four of the fatal events and 27 of the NFI.

Links to data