A Dozen Drownings in a Month

As the sunny weather continues here in Sweden more people than ever are enjoying swimming or being out in boats. But, life on the water has a darker side.

Twelve people have drowned so far this month, half of them alone during last weekend. The mortalities are down to drowning and diving accidents.

In order to stop the numbers from rising even further, the Swedish Lifesaving Society plan to fulfil the government’s goal that all Swedish children should be able to swim 200m by the age of 11.

But schools and swimming baths say there is a long way to go. A recent survey found only one third of Swedes could swim adequately.

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