All focus is on B.C. as wildfires engulf the province. But there's another problem high on the list of concerns for residents - an increased number of drownings. The latest victim was a 19-year-old man from Delta who drowned while swimming in Alouette Lake, just east of Vancouver.
Already 35 people have drowned in B.C. This is a 20 per cent increase as compared to same time last year when there were just 29 incidents. Now authorities are blaming summer's delayed arrival as one of the contributing causes.
Officials say none of the drowning victims were involved in activities out of the ordinary, mostly just boating and swimming as a means to escape the heat. However, it was the lack of safety practises that led to the tragic circumstances. In light of the situation, they emphasized the need to always wear a life jacket when involved in water-based activities.
After vehicle accidents, drowning is the second cause of accidental death in the province.
With files from CBC