Drowning toll on the rise in Poland: police stats
PR dla Zagranicy
More than 60 people drowned in June, with the total number of drownings approaching 150, according to police statistics.
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The police called for caution while spending time by the water.
Andrzej Browarek, from the country’s General Police Headquarters said that most of the tragic water-related incidents are linked to alcohol. Often young people resting on the beach sunbathe and drink alcohol, and then head for a swim while intoxicated, overestimating their skills in the water.
Browarek said: "They charge for the water, often jumping headfirst. Bravado runs high and tragedy is just around the corner.”
The police officer added that sobriety should apply to all people on a boat or sailing boat, not just the helmsman. He added that in the case of an unforeseen event, the helmsman will not be able to save everyone on board.
Last year, over 500 people drowned in Poland, of which only 77 were women. Most often such accidents occurred at unguarded bathing sites or in places where bathing was prohibited.