Record number of people drowned in Finland in June over the past 20 years

In June, 30 people drowned in Finland, the highest number since 1999, according to the Finnish Rescuers and Water Instructors’ Union.
June was record hot or exceptionally warm in most of the country, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
“According to preliminary data from the Union of Rescuers and Water Instructors, 30 people drowned in June. Fourteen drowning occurred while swimming, four in water, and twelve of the events were unclear. On Midsummer’s Day (Midsummer Day – a holiday and day off in Finland) 13 people drowned, ”the message says.
In total, 68 people drowned in Finland in the first half of the year.
The gloomier figures for June were only in 1999, when 45 people drowned, rescuers remind.
In Finland, 100–150 people drown annually, of which, according to statistics, about half are intoxicated. The typical drowning person falls from a boat into the water or misjudges his or her ability to swim. Most drowning occurs in familiar waters, not far from the shore, rescuers say.