Fewer drownings in Queensland

Less people drowned on Queensland beaches last year then did on the beaches of NSW.
Less people drowned on Queensland beaches last year then did on the beaches of NSW. Max Fleet
THE sunshine state led Australia in surf safety last summer, with just three drowning deaths compared to 46 on NSW beaches.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) today released the national coastal safety report ahead of the bumper summer season, revealing four of seven coastal drowning deaths in Queensland resulted from diving or snorkelling incidents in the state's north.

SLSA spokesman Matt Thompson said Queenslanders were to be commended for being surf smart, unlike beach-goers in NSW, who failed to swim between the red and yellow flags.

Mr Thompson said a surf safety campaign led by surf lifesavers in Queensland was the most effective in the country.

"Queensland is leading the way in surf safety, because people are swimming responsibly," he said.

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