Water Safety New Zealand is calling for a zero drowning toll
And it believes it could be possible if people know their
limits, do not drink alcohol near water, wear lifejackets,
and keep children within arm's reach.
For the past five years, on average, 10 people have drowned
in New Zealand waters over the official Christmas holiday
Last year nine people drowned over the period - which runs
from 4pm tomorrow, until 6am, January 3.
"A greater number of people taking part in water based
activity results in higher risk and more incidents, but if
everyone makes safety a priority and remembers the
basics...then a zero toll is achievable," Water Safety New
Zealand chief executive Matt Claridge said.
Mr Claridge said 86 people had drowned so far this year.
Last weekend, Christchurch teenager Tominiko Junior Pelenato
drowned while swimming with friends at Lake Pegasus, north of