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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Swimming Safety for Summer

Regional | by Jill Young  
The Lifesaving Society of Canada says adults and children alike should take steps to prevent drowning.

Summer holidays are in full swing and with nicer weather, comes more people hitting up the backyard pool or the beach.

This summer has already been tragic, with several lives lost this past weekend on the water.

Saturday July 8th , a 39 year old man died after falling off a paddle board at Sauble Beach - he was not wearing a life jacket.

Also on the weekend two men swimming at Wasaga Beach died, one of them was from Caledon, the other from Collingwood.

The Lifesaving Society of Canada says drowning among adults and children is a serious problem, with almost 400-thousand people dying in the water each year.

Public Education Director Barbara Byers, says drowning is silent and doesn't flail their arms or make sounds.

She also says for adults, alcohol should be saved until after you've gone swimming, as it makes you more tired, and it affects your judgement.

Byers says statistics show that in 40 percent of the cases where people drowned while swimming, they had alcohol in their system.

Parents need to make sure their kids in view and or at arms' length at all times when swimming, and Byers says they should be wearing a life jacket, not a floatie or water wings.


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