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Red Cross Warns to Stay Safe on the Water

August 18, 2012 7:34 AM | News

By David Klassen

The Canadian Red Cross is encouraging Manitobans to take precautions while on the water, whether it be boating or swimming, after a man drowned on Little Playgreen Lake earlier this week.

“This is a very tragic incident and we extend our sincere condolences to the family,” said Shawn Feely, provincial director for the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba. “Red Cross urges all Manitobans to be careful while they are boating or swimming.“

According to the Red Cross, approximately 400 Canadians die from drowning each year. Of the 160 people across Canada who drown while boating, nearly 90 percent are not wearing, or not properly wearing, a lifejacket or personal floatation device.

“Everyone should take swimming and water safety training, and wear a lifejacket while enjoying activities in or on the water,” Feely added. “Lifejackets are actually quite comfortable these days, and they can save lives if used properly.”

For safety tips while on the water, visit RedCross.ca/swim.