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Take extra care while boating and swimming: BC Coroner

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The coroner just wants you to stay safe as you get ready for the BC Day long weekend.

The total number of accidental drownings in BC so far this year has already reached 45, thanks in part to the hot weather.

The BC Coroner Service says one in every two boating related drownings could have been prevented, had the person put on a life jacket.

Coroner Barb McLintock says of every eight drownings, three of them happened to people who were boating. This included powerboats, rowboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and pontoon boats, and also those who were fishing from a boat when things went wrong.

“One of every two of your recreational boating drownings could be prevented just by adding that one step. It’s putting on the life jacket, it’s not having the life jacket in the boat.

The second riskiest water activity, is swimming and she suggests swimmers stay close to shore, rather than trying to get across the lake.

August is historically the month with the highest number of drowning cases, prompting a need for ongoing vigilance.