Every summer season, thousands of British Columbians and visitors take to the water so now might be a good time to go over some summer water safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys the many activities that our lakes, rivers and seashore afford.
There is just nothing like getting wet in the summer heat! But there can be an unhappy downside to having fun on the water. The BC Coroner’s Service is cautioning those who participate in water-related activities to be careful. In 2015, 66 people lost their lives as a result of activities in and around water, the most common cause being drowning and most of those occurring in July and August. Most occurred during activities such as swimming, power boating, diving and white-water rafting.