Coronavirus lockdown contributes to horror drowning death season in Australia

Australia has experienced a spike in drowning deaths in the summer of 2020/2021 after fitness levels plunged during Covid lockdowns, a top lifesaver has warned.

At least 55 people have died as a result of drowning this summer alone, compared to just 43 at this time last year.  

According to Liam Krige, the general manager at Life Saving Victoria, the staggering amount of drowning deaths this season is done to dwindling fitness and a blase attitude to the dangers.

'The sad reality is that people think it's not going to happen to them, or that they don't need to worry about it,' Mr Krige told The Age.

'We knew people were going to be less fit during the coronavirus lockdown, and missing swimming lessons and it's exactly why we've, alongside other emergency services, have scaled up.' 

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Just days ago, single mother-of-four Aida Hamad (pictured) was killed after she was swept off rocks by a large wave along Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

Just days ago, single mother-of-four Aida Hamad (pictured) was killed after she was swept off rocks by a large wave along Victoria's Mornington Peninsula 

Australia has experienced a spike in drowning deaths in the summer of 2020/2021 as fitness levels plunge during Covid lockdowns (pictured, Bushrangers Bay where a young mum died)

Australia has experienced a spike in drowning deaths in the summer of 2020/2021 as fitness levels plunge during Covid lockdowns (pictured, Bushrangers Bay where a young mum died)

Mr Krige added that the easing of restrictions heading into summer could have contributed to Victoria's record number of drownings in the past six months.

'People probably aren't as fit as they used to be... their abilities probably aren't what they thought,' he said.

In Victoria, seven people have died in the last ten days alone. 

Life guards and authorities are on high alert across Australia's coast line as they respond to increased call outs for drownings.  

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp urged the public to take responsibility for their actions.

He also addressed the impact of lockdown and the Covid pandemic, restricting people's movements for so much of 2020 and limiting access to swimming lessons and safe water environments.  

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Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, died while attempting to save a young woman from a whirlpool in the Blue Mountains on January 2

Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, died while attempting to save a young woman from a whirlpool in the Blue Mountains on January 2

Rough surf conditions paired with a lack of time in the water has also likely heightened the risk- (pictured, wild waves at South Narrabeen in Sydney)

Rough surf conditions paired with a lack of time in the water has also likely heightened the risk- (pictured, wild waves at South Narrabeen in Sydney)

'We've had 42 people die as a

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