Drownings are on the Increase in 2022

RapidMap ESTA Emergency Markers drownings 2022

This Summer, most people would have thought that drowning fatalities would have been less, however, unfortunately, there has been an increase of 15% in the last financial year alone.

📈  339 drownings since July 1, 2021
🌊. 43 flood-related drownings
🏖  51% of drownings on the coast
⛵  69 deaths were >5km away from the flags
🏊🏻‍♂️  23% of drownings inland
👨🏼  38-year-old men’s average age
🦺  731 rescues by SLSC Victoria

Many Surf Life Saving Clubs and Land Managers in Victoria have been contacting us to add new Emergency Markers to their beaches as these statistics keep rising. They realise the importance of Emergency Markers in location verification and a massive improvement in response times.

Emergency Markers assist in explaining
✅ WHERE on a long stretch of beach the patient is located.
✅ HOW emergency services can find the closest access point to reach them.
✅ WHAT equipment can be taken to that location.
The existing yellow signs (beach markers) can only tell them a beach name and with multiple access points to any given beach in a location that can stretch for kilometres, this vital information is attached to the 3 Letter 3 Number code on an individual Emergency Marker which makes the difference between life and death.

So as a Landowner, what are you doing as a prevention program, campaign, partnership or research within your community to keep people safe from drownings this summer season to Save Time and Save Lives?


Should you have any questions related to existing or new Emergency Markers please do not hesitate to contact us at emergencymarkers@rapidmap.com or 03 9466 5200.