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River Swimming Accidents

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in each year since 1997 have died in swimming accidents in rivers. [117580]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Paul Marsden, dated 10 June 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning how many children in each year since 1997 have died in swimming accidents in rivers. (117580)
The most recent available mortality data are for the calendar year 2001. Figures for each year from 1997 to 2001 are given in the table below.

Number of deaths by accidental drowning and submersion

1

, children

2

, England and Wales, 1997 to 2001

3

Accidental drowning and submersion

Calendar year

All

Swimming accidents in rivers

1997340
1998270
1999431
2000291
2001210

1 The cause of death was defined using the International
Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (1CD-9)

codes for the years 1997 to 2000, and, for the year 2001, the
International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
codes. The codes used were as follows:
All accidental drowning and submersion—ICD-9 E910, ICD-10
W65-W74;
Swimming accidents occurring in rivers—ICD-9 E910.2-E910.3,
ICD-10 W69.8 and W74.8, where 'river' and 'swimming' were
mentioned on the text of the death certificate.

2 Children were classified as deaths occurring to persons aged 10 to 15.

3 Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year.