Deaths from drowning

N Z Med J. 1984 Feb 8;97(749):65-7.


During an eight year period in the Auckland coronial district, 225 persons over the age of fifteen years died from drowning and were subject to autopsy. Of these, 129 males and 21 females drowned because of accidents whilst 31 males and 29 females committed suicide by drowning. There was one homicide and in 14 cases it was unclear as to whether drowning was accidental or suicidal. At least half of the accidents showed analytical evidence of having consumed alcohol and in 37% of these the blood alcohol level was over 100 mg per 100 ml of blood. The activities in which the accidentally drowned were engaged at the time of their deaths are documented and the role of intercurrent illnesses in some drownings illustrated.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / complications
  • Autopsy
  • Drowning / mortality*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand
  • Suicide / epidemiology