(WISH) – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the Indiana drowning rates are declining.
According to a release, Indiana Conservation Officers have recorded that over the past two years, the number of annual state drowning victims have decreased by 30 percent decrease. The numbers were based off of the previous five years.
“Although the DNR Law Enforcement Division continues to encourage the use of life-jackets and promotes water safety messages such as Wear It and Operation Dry Water through various media and social media sites, the decrease in drownings is attributed to the fact that our citizens are applying good water safety practices,” said Lt. Larry Morrison, Outdoor Education Coordinator.
The following numbers are the recorded drowning deaths over the past five years:
- 2010: 50 drowning deaths
- 2011: 66 drowning deaths
- 2012: 52 drowning deaths
- 2013: 60 drowning deaths
- 2014: 54 drowning deaths
- 2015: 43 drowning deaths
- 2016: 37 drowning deaths
The following tips are being offered to maintain safety on the water during the fall and winter months:
- Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved life Jacket when on or near waterways
- Dress in layers appropriate for the weather
- Remain aware of the changing weather patterns
- Carry a U.S. Coast Guard approved throwable device on board all watercraft
- Make a plan before you go
- Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return
- Carry a survival kit and a first aid kit
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