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Spike in summer drownings


Sailing can turn dangerous
Sailing can turn dangerous

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

July 19, 2010 — It's a concern every summer, but drownings have seemed to spike this year across the country.

Always take caution when boating
Always take caution when boating

Swimming and boating are both popular summer activities. And while they can be fun, they can also be deadly.

Just this past weekend two young boys and an adult man drowned off the coast of Twillingate, Newfoundland. Rough and choppy waters turned what was meant to be a pleasure ride into a tragic afternoon.

Barbara Byers is with the Lifesaving Society in Toronto. She says when you're dealing with high waves, it makes it much harder to stay afloat.

“High waves and moving water is going to be much more difficult to navigate in even if you are a strong swimmer.”

And it's not just the open waters that raise concern.

Ontario has faced several pool drownings
Ontario has faced several pool drownings

Pool drownings have spiked as well this year. Especially in Ontario.

The Lifesaving Society says that 43 people have drowned in the province since May 1st, which is four more cases than there were at the same time last year. Some say there could be a correlation between the drownings and the extremely hot temperatures this summer as more people are swimming to stay cool.

For more details on this and tips to consider before hitting the water, be sure to check out our Summer Pool Safety section of the website.

This week is also National Drowning Prevention Week in Canada. The Lifesaving Society suggests that everyone learns to swim as a life skill as most drownings can be completely preventable.

With files from The Canadian Press.

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