11 people drowned in the Canary Islands in July and August this year

Published on September 04, 2023
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The prevention platform "Canarias 1.500 Km de Costa" announced that 11 people have drowned during the months of July and August of this year in the Canary Islands archipelago, a figure that is 18% less than in the same period of 2022.

So far this year, 43 people have died in the Canary Islands as a result of a water accidents, and additionally,  3 people have resulted in critical condition, 17 in serious condition, 32 in moderate condition, 10 only lightly injured, while 40 people have been rescued uninjured.

In total, 75 people have been affected by some type of aquatic accident in the archipelago during the two summer months, 44% more than last year, resulting in 11 deaths, 1 person in critical condition, 9 in serious condition, 13 in moderate condition, 3 mildly injured and 38 rescues.

During August there were 7 deaths due to aquatic accidents on the Canary Islands coasts, while in July 7 people lost their lives in similar situations.

February and June are the months with the lowest number of fatalities (3), followed by July (4), January and May (6), March, April and August (7), according to official data obtained for the preparation of this study.

Of the total of deaths, 10 were foreigners: from Germany (1), the United Kingdom (2), Ireland (1), Denmark (1), the Czech Republic (1), Italy (2), Poland (1) and Russia (1), while 7 were Spanish and 26 of unknown nationality.

By sex, 89% (38) of the fatalities were male, while 9% (4) were female, and for the remaining 2% the sex is unknown.

By islands, Gran Canaria is the island with the most fatalities, with a total of 16 deaths recorded; followed by Tenerife (14); Fuerteventura (6); Lanzarote, (4); La Gomera (2); El Hierro, (1). La Palma and La Graciosa did not register any deaths.

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