Life vest in water.
More people who are not used to swimming have been coming to the beaches this year. Credit: Leif Blom/TT

Number of drownings has almost tripled since last summer

3:23 min

Thirty-five people drowned in Sweden this July, compared to 12 people who lost their lives to drowning last July.

According to the Swedish Life Saving Society, the warm weather may play a part in this, as more people who don't go swimming so often are attracted to waters to cool down.

"We link it very much to the weather. We have had the hottest July since we started measuring this. More people are seeking up the beaches, and therefore also more people who are not used to swimming, are in the water," said Mikael Olausson, spokesperson of the Swedish Life Saving Society.

So far this year, 97 people have drowned in Sweden, which can be compared to 66 people during the same period last year. Only in July, five children and youth drowned, which is the same number as during the whole of last year.

So what should you do, if you see someone in trouble in the water? Mikael Olausson gives us tips:

  • learn to recognise a person in distress in the water, and react quickly.
  • call for help from other people nearby + dial the emergency number 112. 
  • provide flotation for the person in the water, a life buoy or anything that can prevent the person from fully submerging.
  • If you can do so safely, help the person out of the water.
  • If needed, give the person first aid, such as CPR and a warm blanket.
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