Table 5

Proportion (%) of submersion victims for which various characteristics were reported in newspapers before (1993–95) and after (1996–98) a letter was sent urging newspaper staff to report more detail about submersion events

Descriptive characteristics1993–95 (n=384)1996–98 (n=703)p Value
*Comparisons regarding life vest use were limited to swimming and boating activities.
County of residence100100 0.7
County of submersion100100 1.0
Pre-submersion activity100100 1.0
Swimming ability716<0.001
Life vest use*3523<0.001
Alcohol use724<0.001
Type of water craft10098 0.004