Confronting stats reveal Kiwis most at risk of drowning in world-first study

A New Zealand Herald article.

Just hearing the lapping of the tide brought Paris Schlooz to the brink of a panic attack the first time she visited a beach after almost drowning a year ago.

An impromptu swim with her sister at Muriwai, on Auckland’s notoriously dangerous west coast, on November 8 last year, turned bad pretty quickly.

But the 17-year-old managed to avoid being counted among New Zealand drowning statistics by the grace of off-duty lifeguards relaxing on the beach.

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