The recent heat coupled with the need to cool off made for a deadly weekend.
It began on Friday at a water park in the Laurentian region, where a 14-year-old girl drowned after falling down a slide that fell into a small lake.
On Saturday, Sorte du Québec (SQ) says three people died in drowning incidents in various bodies of water.
A 43-year-old man died in hospital after going down Sablon beach in Saint-Polycarp, a 49-year-old went missing while swimming in a river in the Maurice area, and a 28-year-old man died after being rescued Gone from a lake in Laurentian.
And on Monday morning, Montreal police were involved in a dramatic rescue in Anjou when they said two men in their 20s jumped the fence of a public pool to swim – and a 21-year-old died of drowning .
“Lack of access to monitoring swimming areas like construction leisure, pools, beaches, stuff like that,” said Adam Di Fulvio, president and CEO of the Montreal Institute of Swimming. “Also, with the pandemic in the last few years, not many people are practicing in terms of swimming.”
The Lifesaving Society of Quebec says 37 people have died of drowning in the state since the beginning of this year.
It also says that over the past two years, it was found that half of all drownings involved someone swimming alone.
“Never be alone doing your aquatics or boating activities,” said Renald Hawkins of the Quebec Lifesaving Society. “Because no one can help you – no one can contact 911, no one can rescue you.”
Hawkins says that as the construction holiday gets underway, it’s important that people follow basic water safety tips.
“Wear your life-jacket, supervise your child at all times, control access to the backyard pool,” he said. “Never mix alcohol and bathing or boating activities and be sure to take a swimming learning program as soon as possible.”
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