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Lifesaving Society Warns of Dangers Surrounding Cold, Open Water

April 19, 2018 4:37 PM | News

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The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society is warning the public to stay away from waterways this time of year. (CSBC.CA)

WINNIPEG — Warmer spring weather and the temptation to venture near open water has prompted a seasonal warning for Manitobans.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society says despite the time of year, the immersion into cold water can be a serious danger.

“At this time of year, Manitobans are usually thinking, or worrying about flooding,” said Kevin Tordiffe, operations manager of the Lifesaving Society — Manitoba Branch.

“Thankfully, this year we seem to be getting a break.”

Tordiffe says it’s important to stay away from waterways and ice at this time of year.

A woman was rescued from the banks of the Red River in St. Norbert last weekend after clinging to a branch and nearly falling into the river.

Tordiffe says boating season in the province is still about a month away, but boaters should wait for the ice to melt from lakes and rivers.

“Remember, there is no safe ice out there anymore, especially if you are a visiting NHL team,” Tordiffe quipped.


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