As you may be aware, Hemant Govekar drowned at Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island, Victoria on 25th Dec. A number of drownings were reported around the holiday period, including one at Woolamai again on 1st Jan.
The confirmed drowning figures for this summer across Australia are not out yet, but they look bleak – Victoria itself had 30 drownings in Dec alone.
Both the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017 and Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020 highlights international students and tourists as a high risk group. New Australians are definitely more vulnerable as they may not have swimming proficiency, local understanding of water and its dangers, and other training available to others. Hemant’s close family believe that we need to focus our attention within this group to prevent similar needless tragedies.