Fifty More People Drowned This Year than in 2016

A total of 375 people have died from drowning in Spain in the first eight months of the year, of which 235 have drowned over the summer, with July the most tragic, with 95 deaths, which means that, on average, a person died every 8 hours.

The national report, prepared by the Royal Spanish Federation of Lifesaving, which was presented today, shows that from January to August 2017 there have been 50 more deaths by drowning than in 2016 and almost 100 more than in 2015.

The research highlights that during the summer months (June, July and August) 64 more people have drowned than in the same period last year and 37 more than in 2015.

The head of the study, Pino Jessica Espinosa, explained that with 70 deaths (an average of 2.25 per day), August has become the second most tragic month for beaches, pools, rivers and other water spaces in Spain, equaling June and surpassed only by July, in which 95 people died (an average of 3 per day).

The three summer months account for 62.66 percent of deaths in 2017.

The average profile of drowning victim in Spain is that of a man (80%) of Spanish nationality (75%), more than 35 years of age (71%), died on a beach (52%) or any other aquatic area unattended (89%), between 10:00 and 20:00 hours (70&).

By region, Andalusia saw the most deaths registered until 31 August, with 66 victims (17.6% of the total), followed by Valencia and the Canaries, with 55 deaths (14.7%) and Galicia, with 49 deaths (13.1%).