NOVEMBER saw the deaths of a further 14 people in aquatic spaces in Spain bringing the total of number of lives lost in this manner to 356 this year, according to the National Drowning Report of 2018 which has taken into account deaths in pools and beaches in Spain.
The National Drowning Report has been conducted by the Royal Spanish Salvage and Lifeguard Federation.
The latest report shows that figures for deaths in aquatic spaces are in fact down from the figures recorded in 2017, which registered 455 deaths in aquatic spaces.
The federation believes that the adverse weather conditions at the start of 2018 and the delayed start of the use of aquatic spaces can be attributed to the decrease in deaths this year.
Andalucia registered the greatest number of deaths in aquatic spaces this year, 51 deaths make up 14.3 per cent of the national death toll.
Second highest this year has been the Canary Islands where 49 people have died of the same cause, 13.8 per cent of all deaths.
Other autonomous communities register as follows for aquatic deaths and the percentages of Spanish deaths of this nature:
Balearic Islands – 41 deaths, 11.5%
Valencian Communities – 36, 10. 1%
Castilla y León and País Vasco – 14, 3.9% in each community,
Murcia – 12, 3.4%,
Asturias – 11, 3.1%,
Aragón – 9, 2.5%,
Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha and Madrid – 8, 2.2% in each region,
Navarra – 4, 1.1%,
Extremadura and Ceuta – 2, 0.6%,
La Rioja and Melilla – 1, 0.3%, each.
76 per cent of all of those to die in aquatic spaces this year have been male.
75 per cent have been Spanish and the largest proportion of deaths have occurred in the 65 and older age category (40.7 per cent).