This is the highest figure for the first seven months of the year since FEPONS's Drowning Observatory began collecting statistics in 2017, the federation said.

According to a statement, 35 deaths occurred at sea and 31 in rivers, with eight deaths in wells, six in dams and three in domestic swimming pools.

On 12 July, the Drowning Observatory released the report for the first half of the year, revealing that the victims are mainly men (72.1%) and the fatalities occur in unsupervised locations (97.15%).

“At a time when there is a huge difficulty in hiring lifeguards, and at a time when temperatures are going to rise, these conclusions worry FEPONS, which calls on politicians for an urgent review of legislation in this sector”.

On 19 July, the AMN and the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) joined forces to raise awareness among the Portuguese population about care to be taken on the beaches with the campaign “Together for a Safer Summer”.