Drowning statistics in Hawke's Bay have revealed the age group of 65-plus over-estimate their swimming ability and under-estimate the associated risk.

The age group was over-represented in drowning statistics from 2013 to 2018, with six drownings in Hawke's Bay during that period.

The total number of drownings in Hawke's Bay over that period was 26.

Nationwide the numbers showed in 2018 the 65-plus age group had the highest number of preventable drowning fatalities with 17 (12 male and five female) and also the highest number of drownings overall, over the last three years (41 fatalities over 2016,17,18).


The age group