Fifty-seven people have drowned in Alberta since 2016. If you don’t want to be the 58th, consider the following tips from the RCMP:
For starters, do not operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In 2017, drinking was a factor in about 40 per cent of the boating-related fatalities in Canada.
Alberta RCMP recommends the following tips to be safe on the water this summer:
Make sure everyone on board, even experienced swimmers, are wearing lifejackets. Bring emergency supplies, such as extra food, clothes, and a cell phone.
Check the weather forecast before going on the water. Bad weather can make the water a dangerous place to be.
Finally, know the area you will be operating in and share your itinerary with someone. Your chances of surviving increase greatly when somebody knows your whereabouts.
Of the 57 drownings in Alberta in the past couple of years, two thirds occurred on lakes or rivers. Water safety is a shared responsibility. By practicing safe boating, Albertans can help reduce the number of fatalities caused by drowning this summer.