Alberta RCMP offers tips for water safety this summer

Since 2016, 57 people have drowned in Alberta

Summers in Alberta are a great time to hit the lakes and rivers; however, the increase in people using natural water ways also leads to increased risk of accidents and drowning. This summer, whenever operating a boat, canoe, or other watercraft take every possible precaution to ensure a safe trip.

Alberta RCMP reminds boaters to always practice safe boating and not operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In 2017, drinking and boating accounted for about 40 per cent of boating related fatalities in Canada.

Alberta RCMP recommends the following tips to be safe on the water this summer:

– Never operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as they can affect a person’s judgement and reaction time.

– Always make sure everyone on board, even experienced swimmers, are wearing lifejackets.

– Always bring emergency supplies like extra food, clothes, and a cell phone.

– Always check the weather forecast before going on the water. Changing weather conditions can be extremely dangerous while on the water.

– Always know the area you will be operating in and share your itinerary with someone, so that if there is an emergency you can be found quickly.

Since 2016, 57 people have drowned in Alberta.

Of those drownings, 67 per cent 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.

-Submitted

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