A weekend clouded by drownings

A weekend clouded by drownings

The oppressive heat that rages across Quebec calls for the search for freshness. Rising temperatures are prompting many people to get in the water. Alas, drownings have multiplied in recent days.

The series of dramas began Friday with a teenager who was found dead at the Super Aqua Club in Pointe-Calumet, north of Montreal, according to the Régie de Police du Lac des Deux-Montagnes.

Saturday, three other drownings occurred in Quebec, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). A 28-year-old man died in a lake in the municipality of Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides.

Another 49-year-old man drowned in the Batiscan River in Notre-Dame-de-Montauban. Finally, in Saint-Polycarpe, a 43-year-old man died after jumping rope at Sablon beach.

On the Montreal side, the body of an unconscious man was found at 3:25 a.m. Monday morning in a municipal swimming pool in the borough of Anjou. The victim would be between life and death, according to the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

Stéphane Smith, spokesperson for Urgence-Santé, indicates that four interventions, including one death, took place between July 22 and 25.

These incidents are a reminder of the importance of prevention. Raynald Hawkins, director general at the Quebec Lifesaving Society, observed last May that “everyone is loose and wants to go in the water or on the water”, after two years of restrictions due to the pandemic.

According to the Lifesaving Society’s 2020 drowning report, 67% of tragedies occurred in natural bodies of water. “Prevention is the key to bringing these numbers down. We must always and again raise public awareness of water safety, from an early age,” said Raynald Hawkins.

The 29th edition of the National Drowning Prevention Week (SNPN) took place from July 17 to 23. On this occasion, safe behavior in the aquatic environment was reminded to the public.

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