Be safe out there

Staff ~ The Amherst Citizen
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With summer weather arriving early to the Maritimes, many people are now

heading out to lakes and cottages where they will be hitting the water in

droves.

With so many people venturing out on the water, it's a good time to remember

and refresh some of the basic safety rules of swimming and boating.

Every year there are drownings and/or reports of near-drownings in the

province, diving accidents and other preventable injuries and deaths.

According to the Canadian Red Cross, ten years of research across Canada

shows that the vast majority of boaters who die - whether in powered or

unpowered boats ‹ have neglected basic principles of boating safety such as

always wearing a flotation device, using protective equipment against cold

immersion, and verifying weather conditions such as wind, waves, and water

temperature.

It is probable that most victims failed to obtain appropriate training in

boating safety, and that many had inadequate swimming skills to cope with

unexpected immersion.

Our hope is that people will take the steps needed to follow the basic

safety rules this summer.

Summer boating tragedies, though rare, still do happen, leading to tragic

deaths that are completely preventable.

So enjoy the summer and all that it brings, but be safe and follow the rules

when on the water.

Your life could depend on it.

Organizations: Canadian Red Cross

Geographic location: Canada

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