A total of 372 people (109 less than the previous year) have died by drowning in Spanish aquatic spaces during 2018 according to the National Drowning Report (INA) prepared by the Royal Spanish Salvage and Lifeguard Federation.
The report attributed this reduction of 22 percent in the number of drowned to the delay in the beginning of the use of the beaches due to the bad weather that lasted during the first months of the year, including the Easter holidays.
The 372 deaths recorded last year placed 2018 in the year with the lowest number of deaths since the Spanish Royal Salvage and Lifeguard Federation began performing the INA in 2015 in the absence of official statistics.
According to the statistics, 2017 was the year with the most deaths (481), followed by 2016 with 437 and 2015 with 415, while last year was the only one that fell from the 400 deaths.
In the Canary Islands, there were 55 deaths from drowning during the past year, 14.8 percent of the total, which has placed this territory ahead of Andalusia, where there have been 52 deaths (14 percent), Galicia (49, 13.2%), Balearic Islands (42, 11.3%), Catalonia (41, 11%), Comunidad Valenciana (37, 9.9%), Castilla y León and País Vasco (14 and 3.8%, in each case), Región de Murcia (12, 3.2%) and Asturias (11, 3%).
With nine deceased and 2.4 percent ended the year Cantabria and Aragon; with eight and 2.2 percent Castile-La Mancha and Community of Madrid; with four and 1.1 percent Navarra, with two and 0.5 percent Ceuta, Extremadura and La Rioja, and with one and 0.3 percent Melilla.
August was the month with the most deaths for this reason, with 65, which together with 60 of July and 52 of September, concentrated in the summer 47.6 percent of those produced in the total of the year, although it is 56 , 7 percent if you add the 34 that occurred in June. On the other hand, the month with the fewest deaths was February, with seven.
In the whole of 2018, the profile of the person drowned by drowning in a Spanish aquatic space was that of a man (77%), of Spanish nationality (75%), over 45 years old (65.9%, although the 40.1% is over 65), who dies on a beach (44%), or in any case in a place that lacks surveillance (83%), between 10.00 and 18.00 hours (60.3%).