North Vancouver RCMP issue water safety tips for summer

North Vancouver

2023-05-24 13:37 PDT

With consistent summer weather and ideal temperatures arriving earlier than normal this year, many North Vancouver residents will find themselves spending more time outdoors. Locals and visitors alike will head out to enjoy the many excellent hiking trails, lakes and rivers that North Vancouver has to offer.

While beautiful, many of these natural waterways are fast moving, cold and often unpredictable. When considering taking part in popular summer pastimes like swimming, fishing or hiking near these bodies of water, it is important to be mindful of the hazards and unseen risks that could lead to accident, injury or worse.

With the beautiful and sunny weather we’ve had lately, we wanted to take time and remind North Van residents to tread carefully when spending time around the water, said Cst. Mansoor Sahak of the North Vancouver RCMP. It is vitally important to be mindful of areas of fast flowing water and strong currents, even if you do not plan on getting wet. Slippery rocks, drop-offs and unseen debris can lead to potentially dangerous situations.

North Vancouver RCMP will be patrolling North Vancouver’s waters and shorelines throughout the summer, enforcing local, Provincial and Federal laws.

Who is drowning: 78% male, 22% female, 28% age 20 to 24 at a death rate of 2.2 per 100,000/year 25% age 50-64 1.9%, 18 % age 65+, where 37% lake/pond, 28% river, 16% ocean, 8% other, 7% bathtub, 4% pool.

1% of Drowning in a lifeguard supervised setting. When 67% of drownings occurred from May to Sept. What were they doing? 26% aquatic, 35% boating, 17% non-aquatic 55% power boating, 	12% canoe, 11% Inflatable Craft

*Stats courtesy of: Drowning Board & Map | The Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon. 

Here are a few simple safety tips to remember:

Water safety

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Cst. Mansoor Sahak

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-985-1311
Cell: 778-228-1619

Website: (English only)

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