Information compiled from various news outlets by the Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation (SUH) indicates that 28 people drowned in Finland in July. Although the exceptional heat wave experienced late last month drove people to the beaches and water in great numbers, the number of fatal drownings does not deviate notably from the long-term average for July, which typically brings about a spike in drowning statistics. Last year, for example, 25 people died from drowning in July.
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At least 28 drowned in July
Statistics for the first half of the year are contrastively bleak. SUH estimates that as many as 93 died from drowning between January and July, representing an increase of 22 from the previous year. “The mild winter saw many tread onto thin ice.